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Pay raises coming for technology, finance, administrative workers

October 04, 2012|By Tiffany Hsu
  • Workers in certain sectors can expect a pay raise in 2013.
Workers in certain sectors can expect a pay raise in 2013. (Tomohiro Ohsumi / Bloomberg )

Working as a medical biller in healthcare? A mortgage underwriter? Maybe a network engineer? You’re probably looking at a salary increase next year.

As the government prepares to announce its official employment data on Friday, a report from staffing resource company Robert Half Management Resources shows certain professionals making more in 2013.

Technology employees can expect a 5.3% boost, according to the Menlo Park, Calif., firm. Mobile applications developers alone will earn an average of 9% more next year.

Data modelers and portal administrators are also in high demand.

Accounting and finance professionals will see an average 3.3% increase. Companies are looking for more business analysts and the improved lending environment is heating up the market for mortgage processors, according to Robert Half.

Administrative and office support positions will see a 3.5% pay boost.

A separate report this summer predicted that American workers will get a median 3% pay raise. But amid inflation, the bump won’t do much, according to management consulting firm Hay Group.

Salary increases between 3.5% and 4% were common before the recession, according to the group.

Consumers have been slammed by high gas prices and rising food costs, the Commerce Department said last week. Personal income grew just 0.1% in August, causing shoppers to dip into their savings in order to spend.

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