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Hiring 716: Which occupations have the fastest-growing wages

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Posted at 8:06 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 20:06:35-04

What wages are trending? Which jobs are seeing higher salaries, and which ones are trending downward across the Buffalo-Niagara region?

Hiring 716 has analyzed 2017 wage data from Invest Buffalo Niagara, a regional development and marketing agency. In partnership with the UB Regional Institute, the agency looked at hundreds of occupations and compared the degree of wage changes between 2009-2015. 

Below is a breakdown of the 11 occupations with the largest wage trends in either direction.

Top 11 jobs with the greatest positive wage change % in the Buffalo-Niagara region: 

Industry     Occupation            Average Wage       

Change % between 2009-2015

Architecture & Engineering

Electro-Mechanical Technicians $63,100 77%

 

Arts & Entertainment       

 

Set & Exhibit Designers

 

$49,090

 

66%

 

Installation & Maintenance

 

Installers & Repairers, Motor Vehicles

 

$45,400

 

64%

 

Installation & Maintenance

 

Motorboat Mechanics & Technicians

 

$45, 710

 

56%

 

Transportation & Material Moving

 

Crane & Tower Operators

 

$78,290

 

51%

 

Sales

 

Demonstrators & Promoters

 

$34,260

 

46%

 

Healthcare            Support

 

Massage Therapists

 

$41,010

 

42%

 

Architecture & Engineering

 

Biomedical Engineers

 

$98,400

37%

 

Personal Care & Service

 

Concierges

 

$35,350

 

36%

 

Administrative Support

 

Reservation Ticket Agents & Travel Clerks

 

$32,280

36%

 

Installation & Maintenance

 

Security Alarm Systems Installers

 

$56,870

 

35%

 

Top 11 jobs with the largest negative wage change % in the Buffalo-Niagara region: 

Industry     Occupation            Average Wage       

Change % between 2009-2015

 

Production

 

 

Assemblers & Fabricators         

 

 

$22,330

 

-55%

Education

Post-secondary Teachers

$45,790

 -48%

 

Education

 

Self-Enrichment Teachers

 

$35,490

 

-46%

 

Production

 

Textile, Apparel & Furnishings Workers

 

$29,430

 

-41%

 

Education

 

Education, Training, & Library Workers

 

$25,310

 

 -41%

 

Arts & Entertainment

 

Sound Engineering Technicians

 

$37,850

 

-34%

 

Production

 

Forging Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders

 

$27,470

 

-33%

 

Construction & Extraction

 

Insulation Workers, Mechanical

 

$46,820

 

-32%

 

Arts & Entertainment

 

Broadcast Technicians

 

$35,320

 

-31%

 

Installation & Maintenance 

 

Home Appliance                Repairers

 

$32,370

 

-30%

 

Life, Physical & Social Science

 

Biochemists & Biophysicists

 

$60,390

 

 -30%