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20 Careers That Got Big Pay Raises in 2015

20 Careers That Got Big Pay Raises in 2015
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Looking for a raise? Maybe it's time to change jobs.

Business systems analysts, security officers and sales consultants got at least a 7 percent in the past year, well above the national average of just 2.2 percent, according to a study by the online career site Glassdoor.

Topping this year's list of the 20 jobs with the biggest pay raises is business systems analysts, which saw a 10 percent increase in total pay from a year ago. Specifically, the average compensation for a business system analyst this year is $81,000, up from $75,554 in 2014.

This year's rankings feature a wide range of jobs and salaries, including positions that pay below $20,000 and those that pay above $100,000. The other jobs on this year's list are:

  • Security officer: a 7 percent increase, to $24,000
  • Sales consultant: a 7 percent increase, to $49,008
  • Pharmacy technician: a 6 percent increase, to $26,000
  • Barista: a 6 percent increase, to $23,600
  • Customer service manager: a 5 percent increase, to $34,780
  • Certified nursing assistant: a 5 percent increase, to $25,000
  • Financial analyst: a 5 percent increase, to $71,550
  • Systems analyst: a 4 percent increase, to $80,000
  • Research scientist: a 4 percent increase, to $85,000
  • Programmer analyst: a 4 percent increase, to $79,638
  • Personal banker: a 4 percent increase, to $41,861
  • Branch manager: a 4 percent increase, to $63,500
  • Research associate: a 3 percent increase, to $51,948
  • Project engineer: a 3 percent increase, to $75,000
  • Cashier: a 3 percent increase, to $18,000
  • Cook: a 3 percent increase, to $20,000
  • Web developer: a 3 percent increase, to $68,407
  • Network engineer: a 3 percent increase, to $87,903
  • Software engineer: a 3 percent increase, $105,000

Knowing salary averages is key for job candidates considering new positions, as it lets them know whether they are negotiating a fair compensation, Glassdoor said.

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.