According to ADP, starting wages ranged between $9.41 (leisure and hospitality) to $16.79 in information, which includes computer workers.
On average, new entrants are earning an average $11.96 per hour. Tech hubs in Silicon Valley, Seattle and Denver had the highest pay increases (7.4 percent).
Pay is also up for workers holding the same job for more than one year or for those who had recently switched jobs.
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"This is the time to jump into the workforce," Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president of the ADP Research Institute, told USA Today.
Yildirmaz said a historically low unemployment rate of 3.9 percent may be behind the larger overall salary increases, as well as knowledge of cutting-edge skills and subjects like digital technology.
Read more at USA Today and ADP.