These 13 Jobs Have The Biggest Pay Raises Of 2016, If You're In The Market

Whether you are considering a career change or choosing a college major, salary and potential earnings growth are probably important factors in your decision making process. Sales managers and nurses are among the top 13 jobs with the biggest pay raises last year, according to a new report from the job search and company review site, Glassdoor. So if you are currently working in these fields, you may be seeing a little boost to your paycheck.

Siting research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average for salary increase over the past 12 months was a measly 2.5 percent (I guess that's better than no increase). The BLS's Economic News Release, the salaries of jobs on this list have grown by the biggest margin, with average pay increases of five to 11 percent. With the the cost of living going up every year, keeping an eye on the jobs reflecting that growth may be a good idea. Right out of school eating ramen for weeks on end doesn't seem so bad. But as the years pass, the desire to splurge on brand-name toilet paper and a night out every now and then may make that lifestyle seem less appealing.

Here are Glassdoor's careers with the biggest pay raises in 2016:

1. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The median base pay for CNAs saw a whopping 11 percent increase from $45,000 in 2015 to $50,000 in 2016. Certified nursing assistants work hands-on with patients, and report to nurses. A college degree is not nesseccary for this position, though they do need to be certified by an accredited CNA program.

2. Sales Manager

The median base pay for Sales Managers saw a hefty 11 percent increase from $66,040 in 2015 to $73,000 in 2016. Sales managers supervise sales representatives, and are the ones held responsible for leading their teams to meet sales goals and quotas. The position typically requires a bachelor's degree, and past experience working as a sales representative.

3. Implementation Consultant

The median base pay for Implementation Consultants saw a nice 7 percent increase from $70,000 in 2015 to $75,000 in 2016 (nothing to sneeze at here). Implementation Consultants oversee the installation of software or hardware applications at different companies. They train workers to use said applications, and smooth out any technical issues or confusion. The position requires a bachelor's degree (usually of computer science) and a wealth of technical knowledge.

4. Recruiter

The median base pay for Recruiters experienced a 7 percent increase from $42,000 in 2015 to $45,000 in 2016. Recruiters work with both companies looking to fill vacancies and potential candidates, to find the perfect fit for open positions. A bachelor's degree is required, and in some instances a certification in human resources is needed as well.

5. Registered Nurse

The median base pay for Registered Nurses experienced an increase of 7 percent from $63,500 in 2015 to $68,000 in 2016. In order to treat patients and work with docotors registered nurses must first earn their associate degree in nursing as well as a certification from the national license exam.

6. Media Planner

The median base pay for Media Planners experienced an increase of 7 percent from $42,164 in 2015 to $45,000 in 2016. Media planners help companies find the best way to promote their products in the digital landscape. People in this position tend to have a bachelor's degree and advertising experience, usually working as assistant media buyers first.

7. Data Analyst

Data Analysts had a good year with a 7 percent increase as well; their median base pay growing from $60,960 in 2015 to $65,000 in 2016. Data Analysts review statistical data from their company and determine how their finding can be used to help business. Bachelor's degree required!

8. Admissions Representative

The median base pay for Admissions representatives rose a sizeable 7 percent from $42,000 in 2015 to $44,745 in 2016. Admissions representatives promote their respective schools and institutions as well as evaluating potential candidates for placement. As well as a bachelor's degree, this position requires experience in education or some form of sales and admission.

9. Claims Adjuster

The median base pay for Claims adjuster rose 6 percent from $45,000 in 2015 to $47,500 in 2016. Claims adjusters review damage to personal proterty and makes a determination of how much the insurance company should be responsible for paying towards to claimant. This career requires a bachelor's degree and the passing liscencing exam, as well as knowledge of the insurance industry.

10. Marketing Coordinator

The median base pay for Marketing coordinators experienced an increase of 6 percent from $42,672 in 2015 to $45,000 in 2016. Marketing coordinators assist with putting together and managing marketting campaigns. A bachelor's degree is usually required, as well as experience in the industry.

11. Case Manager

The median base pay for Case manager rose 6 percent from $42,672 in 2015 to $45,000 in 2016. Case managers work in the healthcare industry assisting those dealing with complicated medical issues to establish a comprehensive plan for care and manage other needs. There is no requisite higher education degree for the position, though a bachelor's in social work can make a candidate more appealing.

12. Underwriter

The median base pay for Underwriters experienced an increase of 6 percent from $57,000 in 2015 to $60,000 in 2016. Underwriters determine which loans to approve or decline. While the job doesn't requirer an advanced degree, there is a mandatory educational program and the SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator Test to pass.

13. Communications Manager

While the median base pay for Communications managers rose the least at 5 percent, their salary tops the list rising from $80,000 in 2015 to $84,000 in 2016.

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