10 Cities With Fastest-Growing Wages In 2012

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By Abby Rogers and Callie Bost


Unemployment is still a major problem in the United States.

But it looks like we're finally making our way out of the recession, at least in terms of pay wages.PayScale recently released an index of how many times private-sector wages have changed since 2006. The results for Q1 of 2012 look promising.

In this quarter, U.S. wages finally rose above the level where they peaked in Q4 of 2008.

The index considers how much pay has changed for particular jobs, but does not account for differences in compensation based on experience or other outlying factors, said PayScale Analytics Manager Katie Bardaro.


10. Baltimore, Md.
  • Quarterly change: 1.3 % increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 109.0
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 107.6

-- Find a job in Baltimore


9. San Diego, Calif.
  • Quarterly change: 0.4% increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 105.3
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 104.9

-- Find a job in San Diego


8. Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Quarterly change: 0.4 % increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 106.6
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 106.2

-- Find a job in Philadelphia


7. Boston, Mass.
  • Quarterly change: 0.4% increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 105.3
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 104.9

-- Find a job in Boston


6. New York, N.Y.
  • Quarterly change: 0.8 % increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 105.6
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 104.8

-- Find a job in New York


5. Dallas, Texas
  • Quarterly change: 0.8 % increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 106.0
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 105.2

-- Find a job in Dallas


4. Tampa, Fla.
  • Quarterly change: 0.9 % increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 104.9
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 104.0

-- Find a job in Tampa


3. Riverside, Calif.
  • Quarterly change: 1.0 % increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 101.5
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 100.5

-- Find a job in Riverside


2. Seattle, Wash.
  • Quarterly change: 1.3 % increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 109.0
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 107.6

-- Find a job in Seattle


1. Houston, Texas
  • Quarterly change: 1.4 % increase
  • 2012 Q1 PayScale Index: 109.8
  • 2011 Q4 PayScale Index: 108.3

-- Find a job in Houston


Source: PayScale tracks the level of wage changes jobs have experienced since 2006. The index is a percent that has been multiplied by 100, which is the baseline figure used for 2006.


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