U.S. wage growth rebounded in March following a sluggish start to the year with lower wage workers seeing the highest gains, according to the Glassdoor March Local Pay Report released Tuesday.
Median base pay for full-time workers rose 1.4 percent in March from the same period last year compared with a 1.3 percent rise in February, the report showed. The median base pay for full-time workers in the U.S. increased to $52,748 per year in March 2019.
"What we've been seeing in the Glassdoor data is that labor market got off to a rough start at the beginning of the year with the government shutdown, trade uncertainty, the cause and effect of the tax cuts wearing off," said Glassdoor economist Daniel Zhao.
The headwinds should subside and wage growth is expected to accelerate further as the labor market continues tightening, he said.
Glassdoor estimates usually run below the Bureau of Labor Statistics measure which reported wage growth of 3.4 percent in February. Separately, the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists shows average hourly earnings likely gained 3.4 percent in March from the prior year, matching February's rise.
Lower wage jobs including bank tellers, bartenders and cashiers saw the highest wage growth after almost 21 states and the District of Columbia increased the minimum wage in the past 15 months. Bartender median base pay rose 13.5 percent to $35,433 and pharmacy technician pay jumped 7.2 percent to $31,311 from a year ago.
Among the jobs with the lowest reported wage growth in March are financial advisers, insurance agents, lawyers, loan officers, web designers and data scientists.