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 2022 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Orlando Metro Area5.8%
2Miami Metro Area5.3%
3Austin Metro Area5.2%
4 (tie)Atlanta Metro Area5.1%
4 (tie)Charlotte Metro Area5.1%
4 (tie)Kansas City Metro Area5.1%
7 (tie)Dallas Metro Area5.0%
7 (tie)San Diego Metro Area5.0%
9Nashville Metro Area4.9%
10 (tie)Cleveland Metro Area4.7%
10 (tie)Phoenix Metro Area4.7%
10 (tie)Portland Metro Area4.7%
13Los Angeles Metro Area4.6%
14 (tie)Baltimore Metro Area4.5%
14 (tie)Cincinnati Metro Area4.5%
14 (tie)Detroit Metro Area4.5%
17 (tie)Denver Metro Area4.4%
17 (tie)Philadelphia Metro Area4.4%
17 (tie)Pittsburgh Metro Area4.4%
20Chicago Metro Area4.3%
21 (tie)Boston Metro Area4.1%
21 (tie)Houston Metro Area4.1%
21 (tie)Milwaukee Metro Area4.1%
21 (tie)Washington, DC Metro Area4.1%
25New York Metro Area4.0%
26 (tie)Raleigh Metro Area3.8%
26 (tie)Tampa Metro Area3.8%
28 (tie)Seattle Metro Area3.4%
28 (tie)St. Louis Metro Area3.4%
30San Jose Metro Area3.3%
31Minneapolis Metro Area3.2%
32San Francisco Metro Area3.0%

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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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