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 AreaQ4 2021 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1 (tie)Orlando Metro Area4.3%
1 (tie)Phoenix Metro Area4.3%
3Atlanta Metro Area4.1%
4 (tie)Austin Metro Area3.9%
4 (tie)Nashville Metro Area3.9%
6San Diego Metro Area3.7%
7 (tie)Miami Metro Area3.6%
7 (tie)Tampa Metro Area3.6%
9Dallas Metro Area3.4%
10Charlotte Metro Area3.3%
11 (tie)Chicago Metro Area3.2%
11 (tie)Philadelphia Metro Area3.2%
13 (tie)Baltimore Metro Area3.1%
13 (tie)Los Angeles Metro Area3.1%
13 (tie)Pittsburgh Metro Area3.1%
16Houston Metro Area3.0%
17 (tie)Cleveland Metro Area2.9%
17 (tie)Denver Metro Area2.9%
17 (tie)Portland Metro Area2.9%
17 (tie)Raleigh Metro Area2.9%
21 (tie)Boston Metro Area2.8%
21 (tie)Cincinnati Metro Area2.8%
21 (tie)New York Metro Area2.8%
24Detroit Metro Area2.7%
25Minneapolis Metro Area2.6%
26Kansas City Metro Area2.5%
27St. Louis Metro Area2.4%
28Washington, DC Metro Area2.2%
29San Jose Metro Area2.1%
30Milwaukee Metro Area2.0%
31Seattle Metro Area1.9%
32San Francisco Metro Area1.8%

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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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