Coming into 2015, the role of data scientist was hailed as “the sexiest job in America” and it looks like these highly skilled professionals will continue to wear that title. New salary research from Robert Half Technology finds that pay hikes for data scientists are increasing faster than just about any other technology job role.

According to the 2016 IT Salary Guide released this month, two of the three top IT job roles in terms of pay hike increases belong to data professionals – the data scientist (with a 8.9 percent pay hike) and the big data engineer (also with a 8.9 percent pay hike). Among all IT job roles surveyed, only the wireless network engineer tops them, at 9.7 percent.

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