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 AreaQ1 2023 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Tampa Metro Area7.4%
2 (tie)Miami Metro Area7.0%
2 (tie)Orlando Metro Area7.0%
4San Diego Metro Area6.9%
5 (tie)Phoenix Metro Area6.7%
5 (tie)St. Louis Metro Area6.7%
7Nashville Metro Area6.6%
8Charlotte Metro Area6.3%
9 (tie)Atlanta Metro Area6.2%
9 (tie)Cleveland Metro Area6.2%
9 (tie)Kansas City Metro Area6.2%
9 (tie)Portland Metro Area6.2%
13 (tie)Cincinnati Metro Area6.1%
13 (tie)Raleigh Metro Area6.1%
15 (tie)Austin Metro Area6.0%
15 (tie)Dallas Metro Area6.0%
15 (tie)Los Angeles Metro Area6.0%
18 (tie)Chicago Metro Area5.9%
18 (tie)Milwaukee Metro Area5.9%
20 (tie)Denver Metro Area5.8%
20 (tie)Pittsburgh Metro Area5.8%
22 (tie)Houston Metro Area5.7%
22 (tie)Philadelphia Metro Area5.7%
24 (tie)Baltimore Metro Area5.6%
24 (tie)Minneapolis Metro Area5.6%
26Detroit Metro Area5.5%
27Washington, DC Metro Area5.4%
28 (tie)Boston Metro Area5.3%
28 (tie)Seattle Metro Area5.3%
30New York Metro Area5.0%
31San Francisco Metro Area4.0%
32San Jose Metro Area3.8%

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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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