U.S. Salaries to Increase Average of 3.4 Percent


The newly released 2012 Salary Guides from Robert Half International show U.S. starting salaries will increase an average of 3.4 percent next year.

Technology positions are projected to see the largest gains among all fields researched, with an anticipated 4.5 percent increase in base compensation, according to the guides. Accounting and finance professionals can expect starting salaries to rise an average of 3.5 percent, according to the research.

“Businesses seek professionals who can help them enhance their technology and accounting infrastructures,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. “For many firms, the question isn’t whether to implement improvements but how quickly they can find the talent to do so.”

Other sectors projected to see salary increases include:

  • Creative and Marketing – 3.5 percent. Those with interactive skills, such as user experience (UX) designers, are especially sought after as firms look to improve their web presence and transition many of their marketing programs online.
  • Legal – 1.9 percent. Lawyers with four to nine years of experience in high-growth practice areas, such as litigation, labor and employment, real estate, and corporate law, are seeing greater demand, the research shows.
  • Administrative and Office Support – 3.4 percent. Companies that had streamlined support staff are now adding experienced executive and administrative assistants who can increase efficiencies, support key company projects and provide excellent customer service.

To read a press release about the research, click here. To view the salary guides, click here.