10 Industries With the Biggest Pay Raises


Marketing consultants

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Average hourly pay: $36.23.

Change since 2007: 34.3 percent.

That big boost in pay sounds like positive spin, but consultants are earning more because companies that laid off their own full-time staffers are now contracting out for the work. Those comfortable juggling multiple clients can benefit, but it’s a comedown for reluctant consultants who would rather work for a single employer.

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