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Top 10 US Jobs Getting a Raise in 2024

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Top 10 US Jobs Getting a Raise in 2024
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Whether you’re trying to decide on a career path or looking to make a career change, picking a job that has a salary on the upswing can help maximize your earnings.

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To help you know which jobs are most likely to get a raise in 2024, Resume Genius recently published a list based on data it compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are 10 of those jobs, along with their most recent pay growth statistics and information about the path to entry.

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Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks

  • 2021 average salary: $146,220

  • 2022 average salary: $161,680

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 11%

There’s a huge need for people in this field, with over 40,000 vacancies annually.

However, to become a lawyer or judicial law clerk, you’ll need quite a bit of education under your belt, including a bachelor’s degree and a law degree. On top of that, you’ll also need state licensure.

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Software and Web Developers, Programmers and Testers

  • 2021 average salary: $113,720

  • 2022 average salary: $124,940

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 10%

If you decide to get a job as a software or web developer or a programmer or tester, you probably won’t have trouble finding openings, with approximately 180,000 of these jobs available each year.

A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and developing or programming experience is the key to landing one of these jobs.

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Financial Analysts and Advisors

  • 2021 average salary: $106,340

  • 2022 average salary: $116,770

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 10%

If you want to enter this career field, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics or another related field. Additionally, you may need certifications. Over 60,000 job openings are expected annually.

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Recreation and Fitness Workers

  • 2021 average salary: $38,340

  • 2022 average salary: $41,780

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 9%

Although this is not one of the highest-paying jobs on the list, the barrier to entry is low. A high school diploma and possible certification for some roles is all you’ll need.

Plus, there’s over 130,000 vacancies expected each year.

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Database and Network Administrators and Architects

  • 2021 average salary: $102,440

  • 2022 average salary: $110,400

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 8%

If you are interested in working in the tech field, here’s a career where you can earn over $100,000 annually on average.

A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field is the only education requirement to become a database or network administrator or architect. Over 40,000 vacancies in this field are projected annually.

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Passenger Vehicle Drivers

  • 2021 average salary: $39,640

  • 2022 average salary: $42,420

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 7%

If you wouldn’t mind becoming a chauffeur or taxi driver, salaries have seen a favorable increase in the recent past and are likely to continue increasing in 2024.

A high school diploma, a driver’s license and a clear driving record can put you in a position to get hired. Plus, there are almost 132,000 vacancies projected annually.

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Sales Representatives (Wholesale and Manufacturing)

  • 2021 average salary: $77,750

  • 2022 average salary: $83,030

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 7%

It’s possible you could land a sales representative job with a high school diploma and some on-the-job training. However, some roles do require a bachelor’s degree.

Even so, with the average annual salary in the U.S. at $59,428 across careers, according to Forbes, an average salary of around $83,000 and counting for this role is worth considering.

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Computer Support Specialists

  • 2021 average salary: $60,550

  • 2022 average salary: $64,410

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 6%

With some postsecondary education and solid computer skills, you could be making more than average annual salary across the U.S. — no bachelor’s degree required. And with over 66,000 job vacancies projected each year, jobs aren’t exactly in short supply.

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Healthcare Support Occupations

  • 2021 average salary: $38,860

  • 2022 average salary: $41,280

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 6%

Healthcare support occupations include occupational therapy assistant, medical transcriptionist and home health aide.

A bachelor’s degree is not required. However, you’ll need a high school diploma and possibly a certification to gain entry into the field. The great news is there are a whopping 257,100 job vacancies projected annually.

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Designers

  • 2021 average salary: $53,160

  • 2022 average salary: $56,450

  • Pay growth 2021-2022: 6%

If you’re looking for a job that will complement your creative side, become a UX designer, graphic designer, industrial designer or interior designer.

You will need a bachelor’s degree and a solid portfolio to compete for one of these jobs. About 67,000 openings are expected annually in this field.

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