9 Best Places In America To Get A Raise

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For most of us, salaries have barely budged since 2009. Working Americans received an average pay hike of 2.7 percent in 2011, according to a survey by Aon Hewitt. That was offset by inflation, however, which made everything you want to buy 3 percent more expensive.

But not everybody had their purchasing power squeezed last year. In fact, in some cities, the average worker enjoyed a paycheck that was 3 percent, 4 percent or even 5 percent fatter than the year before. So the Martin Prosperity Institute scoured through Bureau of Labor Statistics data to discover what those cities were.

These aren't the nation's biggest cities. And they don't always have notably low unemployment. But for their own reasons, workers in these metro areas scored a couple extra thousand dollars of pocket money last year. In some places the average raise was close to double the national rate.

Take a look at the top nine, and then tell us: Were you satisfied with your raise last year? Are you expecting one this year?

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Your top pick, Illinois, is where Obama worked and lived .

September 05 2012 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Totally not the list I was expecting...

September 05 2012 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Proganda BS, Just like the Pres. is going to try and convince us we are better off. Well he is the leader he should know!

September 05 2012 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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September 05 2012 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wages haven't changed since'09? Are you kidding me? I'd say basic starting wages haven't changed since about 1987.

September 05 2012 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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