5 jobs with biggest pay hikes

Wages hit a speed bump in the first quarter, according to PayScale, but pay was still up 3.5% year over year. These 5 professions saw even bigger raises than that.

Media & publishing

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  • 1-year pay growth: 4.6%
  • Median pay: $46,200

Job prospects for media and publishing professionals are pretty bleak: The BLS forecasts a 6% decline in reporter jobs between 2010 and 2020, for example.

Instead of hiring new workers, media firms are piling more work onto current employees, according to Bardaro.

"The companies have been asking their current workers to be more productive and they incent them to do that with higher wages," she said.

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So while new workers are having a harder time getting their foot in the door, those already employed in the field can expect fairly strong salary increases.

Source: PayScale
The PayScale Index tracks changes in what full-time employees earn over time based on quarterly compensation trends. This report is based on the year-over-year percentage change in compensation for the 12 months ending March 31, 2012.
  @CNNMoney - Last updated April 09 2013 09:30 AM ET

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