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 AreaQ2 2019 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1San Francisco Metro Area4.5%
2Milwaukee Metro Area3.5%
3Portland Metro Area3.2%
4Austin Metro Area3.1%
5Denver Metro Area2.9%
6San Jose Metro Area2.8%
7Minneapolis Metro Area2.6%
8 (tie)Atlanta Metro Area2.5%
Seattle Metro Area2.5%
Detroit Metro Area2.5%
Charlotte Metro Area2.5%
12St. Louis Metro Area2.4%
13Philadelphia Metro Area2.3%
14 (tie)Boston Metro Area2.2%
Kansas City Metro Area2.2%
16 (tie)Baltimore Metro Area2.1%
Raleigh Metro Area2.1%
New York Metro Area2.1%
19 (tie)Orlando Metro Area2.0%
Chicago Metro Area2.0%
21 (tie)Nashville Metro Area1.9%
Cincinnati Metro Area1.9%
Washington, DC Metro Area1.9%
24Tampa Metro Area1.7%
25 (tie)Los Angeles Metro Area1.6%
Dallas Metro Area1.6%
27Miami Metro Area1.5%
28San Diego Metro Area1.4%
29Phoenix Metro Area1.3%
30Houston Metro Area1.2%
31Pittsburgh Metro Area0.8%
32Cleveland Metro Area0.7%

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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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