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8 Roles Expected To See Significant Salary Boosts In 2017
Robert Half Salary Guides Reveal Tech and Creative Jobs with Notable Pay Growth

MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- How much does a data ninja or coding wizard make? Significantly more than they did last year, according to the 2017 Salary Guides from staffing specialists Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. The research shows base compensation in the technology and creative fields is expected to increase 3.8 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively, in the coming year. And some roles are projected to see even bigger gains.

View an infographic of the research highlights.

"Companies continue to seek out highly skilled professionals who can drive digital initiatives that will help them meet business goals and increase revenue," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. "Although employers are taking a measured approach to hiring, they're moving quickly and paying competitively when they identify tech and creative candidates who are a good fit for their organization, given the tight labor market with low unemployment rates."

The following eight jobs are expected to see substantial increases in average starting pay in 2017, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides*:


Job Title

% Increase from 2016

Average Starting Salary


Front-End Web Developer (1-3 years of experience)


$56,500 - $80,500


Mobile Designer


$80,000 - $121,500


Data Scientist


$116,000 - $163,500


User Experience (UX) Designer (3-5 years of experience)


$75,750 - $103,000


Big Data Engineer


$135,000 - $196,000


Network Security Engineer


$115,500 - $162,500


Content Strategist


$81,250 - $115,250


Software Engineer


$108,250 - $164,500

*All salaries listed are U.S. national averages based on data published in the 2017 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. Actual projected salary ranges may vary depending on location.

More information, including job descriptions, for these and other high-paying career opportunities, can be found in the Robert Half Technology 2017 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of information technology positions, and The Creative Group 2017 Salary Guide, which focuses on interactive, design and marketing jobs.

Both Robert Half Technology ( and The Creative Group ( are divisions of Robert Half, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm and a recognized leader in professional staffing services.



SOURCE Robert Half Technology; The Creative Group

For further information: Jennifer Popovic, (650) 234-6033,