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 2020 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Seattle Metro Area3.6%
2San Jose Metro Area3.5%
3 (tie)Los Angeles Metro Area3.2%
3 (tie)San Diego Metro Area3.2%
3 (tie)San Francisco Metro Area3.2%
6Pittsburgh Metro Area3.1%
7 (tie)Cleveland Metro Area2.9%
7 (tie)New York Metro Area2.9%
7 (tie)Portland Metro Area2.9%
7 (tie)St. Louis Metro Area2.9%
7 (tie)Washington, DC Metro Area2.9%
12 (tie)Nashville Metro Area2.8%
12 (tie)Orlando Metro Area2.8%
14 (tie)Denver Metro Area2.7%
14 (tie)Detroit Metro Area2.7%
14 (tie)Milwaukee Metro Area2.7%
14 (tie)Phoenix Metro Area2.7%
18 (tie)Austin Metro Area2.5%
18 (tie)Baltimore Metro Area2.5%
18 (tie)Boston Metro Area2.5%
18 (tie)Cincinnati Metro Area2.5%
22 (tie)Charlotte Metro Area2.4%
22 (tie)Philadelphia Metro Area2.4%
24Tampa Metro Area2.3%
25Dallas Metro Area2.2%
26 (tie)Miami Metro Area2.0%
26 (tie)Raleigh Metro Area2.0%
28Chicago Metro Area1.9%
29Kansas City Metro Area1.8%
30Atlanta Metro Area1.7%
31Minneapolis Metro Area1.4%
32Houston Metro Area1.1%

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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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