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Best salary boost in 8 years awaits U.S. professionals in 2016

Best salary boost in 8 years awaits U.S. professionals in 2016

Even as the landscape for wages looks bleak, at least one rung of the compensation ladder is doing just fine. And 2016 may be even better. White-collar workers will get the biggest pay boost in eight years as employers compete for the best and brightest in America, according to staffing firm Robert Half. The 4.1 percent average advance for U.S. starting salaries across the five professional fields tracked by the company would follow a 3.8 percent projected gain in 2015. That's a big contrast with average hourly earnings, which have been mired in a measly 2 percent range since the recession ended in mid-2009. The pay data from the Labor Department span the nation's workers...

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