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 2022 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Orlando Metro Area4.9%
2Atlanta Metro Area4.7%
3Austin Metro Area4.6%
4 (tie)Charlotte Metro Area4.2%
4 (tie)Miami Metro Area4.2%
4 (tie)Nashville Metro Area4.2%
7Phoenix Metro Area4.1%
8 (tie)Dallas Metro Area4.0%
8 (tie)San Diego Metro Area4.0%
10Tampa Metro Area3.8%
11 (tie)Cincinnati Metro Area3.7%
11 (tie)Detroit Metro Area3.7%
11 (tie)Houston Metro Area3.7%
11 (tie)Los Angeles Metro Area3.7%
15Philadelphia Metro Area3.6%
16 (tie)Baltimore Metro Area3.5%
16 (tie)Chicago Metro Area3.5%
16 (tie)Denver Metro Area3.5%
16 (tie)Kansas City Metro Area3.5%
20Pittsburgh Metro Area3.4%
21 (tie)Boston Metro Area3.3%
21 (tie)Cleveland Metro Area3.3%
23 (tie)New York Metro Area3.2%
23 (tie)Portland Metro Area3.2%
25Raleigh Metro Area3.1%
26Minneapolis Metro Area3.0%
27Washington, DC Metro Area2.9%
28Milwaukee Metro Area2.7%
29St. Louis Metro Area2.6%
30San Jose Metro Area2.5%
31 (tie)San Francisco Metro Area2.4%
31 (tie)Seattle Metro Area2.4%

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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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