10 Cities Where Wages Are Increasing

The top city has seen a 3 percent rise in wages

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According to the quarterly PayScale Index, wages have risen 7.4 percent overall since 2006. But you'd never know it, because when you take inflation into account and look at what those wages can actually purchase, they've actually fallen closer to 7.9 percent. Nevertheless, improvement is anticipated for 2014's third quarter, to the tune of a 1.9 percent increase in wage growth.
This is good news for people working in the mining, transportation, and real estate industries, which saw the most growth in Q2. But what about which cities have had the most significant wage increases this year? We'd wait for the Q3 report before you start considering a move, but for now let's take a look at the top 10.

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10. Washington, D.C.
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 1.8 percent

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9. Tampa
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 1.9 percent

Midtown Atlanta Skyline in Fall
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8. Atlanta
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 2.0 percent

Famous Lombard Street in San Francisco
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7. San Francisco
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 2.1 percent

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6. New York
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 2.1 percent

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5. Boston
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 2.2 percent

Chicago
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4/3 [tie]. Chicago and Detroit
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 2.4 percent

The Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis Minnesota.
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2. Minneapolis
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 2.7 percent

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1. Houston
Q2 2014 year-over-year percentage change in pay: 3.0 percent

Take a bow, Houston residents! It must be mentioned, however, that these cities have a high cost of living to go along with their wage growth--New York and San Francisco in particular make frequent appearances on lists of the nation's most expensive places to live. As for the cities where wages have actually decreased over the past year, well, best of luck in the next quarter, Miami, Phoenix, and Riverside, California.

Head over to PayScale for more from the report, or just check out this interactive chart to explore trends by industry, job category, and metro area.
Annual Trends in Compensation for National (US)
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Sandi

everything is relative - - need to focus on happiness and comfort...not money. End will come to all.

July 11 2014 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scottrisner7

Where is Seattle on this review? Really? How about a 70% wage increase of minimum wage here. This just shows, you can't believe everything you read! New minimum wage here is 15.00 Hr.

July 11 2014 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Twisted

What a joke. Pay raises that just keep up with inflation. You could make 150K in San Fran and it is like making $40,000 in Baltimore... I don't see how anyone can afford to live in California or NYC..

July 11 2014 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mociambz

do you mean san Francisco where a six hundred square ft apt will cost you four thousand dollars

July 11 2014 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wboozer@mail.com

Hey, don't forget that the four grand you pay for that hovel allows you access to grand restaurants, where you will pay $200.00 a plate for six green beans artfully arranged over two ounces of salmon with a savory sauce!

July 11 2014 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
halt1025

Michelle 2016

July 11 2014 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rickrak

God help us!

July 11 2014 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chiemac1

New York has the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Time Square, Central Park, Wall Street, China Town, Brooklyn Bridge, Bronx Zoo, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Natural History, Broadway Shows, One World Trade Center, Trump Tower, US Open Tennis, Yankee Stadium, Met Stadium, G.E. Building, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, South Street Seaport, St. John the Divine Cathedral, George Washington Bridge, Verrazano Bridge etc. etc. There are thousands of restaurants to choose from and more than 300 museums and galleries to go to. This is the city that never sleeps indeed!!!

July 11 2014 at 2:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mociambz

it never sleeps because the entire city smells like urine

July 11 2014 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chiemac1

Of course New York is not only the best city in the world but it is the top in gastronomy, culture, banking, fashion, entertainment, business and industry, sports, center of news, nightlife etc. etc. Many of the cream of the crop of the world want to live in this great city. The best artists, best writers, best in business, best chefs, best musicians, best poets, best actors and actresses, best fashion models etc etc. want to live in this mega city. Every ethnicity and every religion is represented in this metropolis and that is why it is also one of the most expensive cities in the world...lol. All in all, this is the CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS, THE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, THE BIG APPLE, THE EMPIRE CITY, THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD....COME AND VISIT THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY!!! NEW YORK IS THE PLACE TO BE....I LOVE NEW YORK!!!

July 11 2014 at 2:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Suzanne

Raises in pay have gotten to be the national joke. With inflation the way it is, the "Middle Class" will continue to support this country. Forget it, folks. There is no "middle class." Either you're rich or poor. The rich man has the tax loopholes & the rest of us stay where we are with not a chance in sight.

July 11 2014 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kstart2

Thank you obama

July 11 2014 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Clint

Blaming our president for everything bad is such a weak and ignorant (not to mention lazy) thing to do.

July 11 2014 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tazgadon

But aren't some of these wage increases partially negated by the fact that some of these cities have the highest cost of living in the country?

July 11 2014 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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