8 engineering and tech jobs with the fastest-growing pay

These tech jobs have seen the biggest salary increases in 2017.

The tight job market is boosting salaries at companies throughout the US, and it's a good time for employees to plan for the annual raise discussion.

But for tech workers trying figure out how much money their peers are making, things are not straightforward.

That's because tech firms often compensate employees with stock, which can vary greatly by individual. And base salaries for tech jobs at other types of companies are not as high as you might expect.

With all that in mind, job hunting site Glassdoor sifted through its giant database of self-reported salaries for Business Insider to find the tech jobs which experienced the biggest salary increases during the past year. The data is for base salary alone, and does not include stock compensation, bonuses or other perks.

Across the engineering and tech fields, these are the job titles that got the biggest boost in base pay from May 2016 to May 2017.

No 8: Mechanical engineer, up 1%

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Photo credit: WorldSkills UK via Visualhunt.com / CC BY

Median base pay nationwide: $72,503 (63,599€)

Increase in past 12 months: 1.30%

A mechanical engineer designs and maintains all sorts of machinery, from tiny devices to large-scale systems.


No. 7: Field engineer, up nearly 2%

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Photo credit: Asian Development Bank via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Median base pay nationwide: $69,831

Increase in past 12 months: 1.80%

A field engineer is a person who works as an engineer on a project site which can range from a construction project to an energy facility.


No. 6: Data scientist, up over 2%

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Median base pay nationwide: $94,859

Increase in past 12 months: 2.20%

A data scientist is someone who designs and works with large volumes of data to answer business questions. Since "big data" is such a hot field right now, this is one of the highest paying tech jobs these days, too.


No 5: Data analyst, up nearly 3%

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Photo credit: Asian Development Bank via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Median base pay nationwide: $58,360

Increase in past 12 months: 2.50%

A data analyst is similar to a data scientist in that the job is about finding meaning in the numbers so a company can make decisions on everything from sales/marketing to supply chain management.


No. 4: Electrical engineer, up over 3%

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Photo credit: UNDP in Europe and Central Asia via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Median base pay nationwide: $77,152

Increase in past 12 months: 3.10%

An electrical engineer designs and works with electrical equipment from tiny computer circuits to supercomputers and beyond.


No. 3: Quality engineer, up over 3%

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Photo credit: wocintechchat.com via Visualhunt / CC BY

Median base pay nationwide: $72,458

Increase in past 12 months: 3.20%

A quality engineer ensures designs tests that ensures products and software work in the ways that they are intended to work.


No. 2: Software engineer, up nearly 4%

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Photo credit: WorldSkills UK via VisualHunt.com / CC BY

Median base pay nationwide: $86,462

Increase in past 12 months: 3.60%

A software engineer is one that designs and writes software, typically large, complex software systems.


No. 1: Programmer analyst, up nearly 4%

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Photo credit: wocintechchat.com via VisualHunt.com / CC BY

Median base pay nationwide: $68,174

Increase in past 12 months: 3.90%

A programmer analyst is a person that designs software and computer systems and can also do the job of computer programmer, actually writing the computer code to build the software product.

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