Salaries are expected to trend up in Des Moines next year, and that's a positive sign for the local economy, according to two recent reports.

Robert Half's 2014 Salary Guide calls for a 3.7 percent increase in salaries nationally, and "we anticipate seeing strong growth in the Des Moines market," said Stacey Singleton, regional vice president. That mirrors Palmer Group's 2014 Salary Guide, which predicts most salaries, listed by position, to either stay the same or grow next year (Read about the salary guide in today's Business Record).

The Robert Half guide provides average starting salaries for more than 700 positions in the fields of accounting and finance, technology, administrative support, legal, creative, marketing, and design.

Des Moines is seeing a strong demand for mobile application developers, software developers and staff accountants, in-demand positions that are calling for as high as a 6 to 12 percent increase year-over-year, Singleton said.

A look at some of the "hot jobs" in Des Moines, or those with the largest year over year increase, according to Robert Half:

  • A mobile application developer, with an average starting salary of $95,000 to $133,500, has increased 12.6 percent from last year.
  • A general accountant manager in a small firm, with an average starting salary of $62,250 to $83,500, has increased 8.8 percent from last year. A general accountant position for a large firm has seen a 6.9 percent increase.
  • A software developer, with an average starting salary of $74,000 to $118,000, has seen a 6.7 percent increase year over year.
The increase in salary demand for technology and accounting positions echoes Palmer Group's guide. Six of the top 10 increases in the Palmer guide were in an accounting, finance or insurance field. Though tech jobs in general didn't make the top 10, Palmer Group Executive Vice President David Leto told the Business Record that "the (information technology) market has never been hotter."