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Washington, DC Metro Area Pay Trends

Updated October 9, 2018

The federal government remains one of D.C.’s largest employers. Many private businesses have set down roots in this city, as well, including non-profits, law firms, lobbying firms, and independent contractors.

Wage Growth for Washington, DC Metro Area, Q3 2018


since last quarter


year over year


since 2006


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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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