10 high-paying industries with the greatest post-recession wage growth

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A list of industries with at least 250,000 jobs and average earnings of $75,000 or greater that have experienced the highest wage growth since 2010.

Since the Great Recession ended, the economy has, for the most part, been on the upswing. Things have generally been moving in the right direction -- but the recovery hasn't been perfect.

Stagnant wage growth has been a major setback to the country's economic recovery. Yet a new CareerBuilder and EMSI study reveals that some industries – many of which pay well – have in fact seen a noticeable increase in wages over the past five years.

Below are industries with at least 250,000 jobs and average earnings of $75,000 or greater that have experienced the highest wage growth since 2010:

1. Scheduled air transportation
Sample occupations employed by industry: Flight attendant; airline pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer; aircraft mechanic and service technician*
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 16.7
2015 average earnings: $75,284

2. Scientific research and development
Sample occupations employed by industry: Medical scientist, except epidemiologist; biological technician; biochemist and biophysicist
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 9.6
2015 average earnings: $117,196

3. Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
Sample occupations employed by industry: Packaging and filling machine operator and tender; chemist; mixing and blending machine setter, operator and tender
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 7.8
2015 average earnings: $119,522

4. Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing
Sample occupations employed by industry: Electrical and electronic equipment assembler; semiconductor processor; electrical and electronics engineering technician
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 6.6
2015 average earnings: $96,606

5. Data processing, hosting and related services
Sample occupations employed by industry: Customer service representative; computer systems analyst; software developer, applications
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 6
2015 average earnings: $91,852

6. Support activities for mining
Sample occupations employed by industry: Roustabout, oil and gas; service unit operator, oil, gas and mining; heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 5.3
2015 average earnings: $87,878

7. Management of companies and enterprises
Sample occupations employed by industry: Accountant and auditor; financial manager; general and operations manager
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 4.6
2015 average earnings: $111,951

8. Insurance carriers
Sample occupations employed by industry: Insurance sales agent; insurance underwriter; insurance claims and policy processing clerk
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 3.4
2015 average earnings: $84,879

9. Software publishers
Sample occupations employed by industry: Software developer, applications; computer programmer; software developer, systems software
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 2.9
2015 average earnings: $139,291

10. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
Sample occupations employed by industry: Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging and systems assembler; aerospace engineer; inspector, tester, sorter, sampler and weigher
Percent change in earnings (2010-2015): 2.8
2015 average earnings: $94,124

*Sample occupations pulled from separate EMSI research.