The 2016 Salary Guides from staffing specialists Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group show that base salaries in the technology and creative fields are expected to rise five per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively, in the coming year. But some roles are projected to see even bigger pay bumps.
"Finding professionals capable of integrating seamless digital functionality to enhance and evolve business processes continues to prove challenging for companies," said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of The Creative Group and Robert Half Technology. "Whether it be in creating intuitive online user-experiences, defining an optimized content strategy or developing comprehensive data-mining software, the pool for skilled creative and IT professionals is limited.”
She added, “Candidates now have the upper hand in the job market, with increased opportunity to explore positions that offer higher salaries and more engaging projects."
The following eight high-paying jobs are expected to see substantial increases in average starting salary in 2016:
|Role|| Salary increase from 2015
|| Average starting salary
|Data scientist||8.5 per cent||$96,750 - $127,250|
|Wireless network engineer||8.2 per cent||$104,000 - $136,000|
|Mobile applications developer||8.1 per cent||$99,750 - $143,500|
|Big data engineer||7.8 per cent||$117,000 - $150,500|
|User interface developer||4.1 per cent||$81,250 - $146,250|
|Multimedia designer||3.1 per cent||$56,750 - $85,000|
|Content strategist||3.0 per cent||$71,500 - $92,250|
|User experience (UX) specialist||2.5 per cent||$70,250 - $125,000|
All salaries listed are Canadian national averages based on data published in the 2016 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. Actual projected salary ranges may vary depending on location.