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Wage Trends by Metro Area

In the last year, where did wages increase the most overall and where did they dip the deepest? PayScale looked at the top metro areas by population and then listed them from best to worst in terms of wage improvement for jobs. See who came out on top and who has a ways to go.
Rank Metro Area Q1 2013 Year-Over-Year
Percentage Change in Pay
1 San Francisco 5.6%
2 Phoenix 4.5%
3 Houston 4.1%
4 Atlanta 4.0%
5 - Tie Dallas 3.8%
5 - Tie Miami 3.8%
7 Boston 3.7%
8 - Tie Detroit 3.6%
8 - Tie Chicago 3.6%
10 Baltimore 3.5%
11 - Tie Washington, D.C. 3.4%
11 - Tie Seattle 3.4%
13 - Tie Tampa 3.2%
13 - Tie Riverside 3.2%
13 - Tie San Diego 3.2%
16 - Tie Minneapolis 3.1%
16 - Tie Los Angeles 3.1%
18 - Tie St. Louis 3.0%
18 - Tie Philadelphia 3.0%
20 New York 2.9%

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Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation

The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.

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