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.

RankMetro AreaQ4 2018 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1San Francisco Metro Area4.9%
2San Jose Metro Area3.3%
3San Diego Metro Area3.0%
4Portland Metro Area2.6%
5Seattle Metro Area2.2%
6Denver Metro Area2.1%
7 (tie)Los Angeles Metro Area2.0%
New York Metro Area2.0%
Boston Metro Area2.0%
10 (tie)Chicago Metro Area1.9%
Minneapolis Metro Area1.9%
12 (tie)Atlanta Metro Area1.8%
Washington, DC Metro Area1.8%
14Baltimore Metro Area1.6%
15 (tie)Pittsburgh Metro Area1.3%
Phoenix Metro Area1.3%
Orlando Metro Area1.3%
18 (tie)Miami Metro Area1.2%
Milwaukee Metro Area1.2%
20Austin Metro Area1.1%
21 (tie)Charlotte Metro Area0.8%
Cincinnati Metro Area0.8%
23Philadelphia Metro Area0.7%
24 (tie)Houston Metro Area0.6%
Dallas Metro Area0.6%
26 (tie)Raleigh Metro Area0.5%
Cleveland Metro Area0.5%
St. Louis Metro Area0.5%
29 (tie)Kansas City Metro Area0.1%
Tampa Metro Area0.1%
31Detroit Metro Area-0.6%
32Nashville Metro Area-0.7%

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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 and education professionals 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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