Cities with the biggest pay hikes

While the average worker in the U.S. saw their wages rise 1.7% over the past year, workers in these 10 cities saw a more generous bump during the third quarter, according to PayScale.

San Francisco

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  • One-year pay increase: 3.7%

It's not just the tech industry that's keeping San Francisco's workforce humming. Several industries in the metro area have been performing (and paying) well lately, according to PayScale, which tracked year-over-year wage growth across close to two dozen industries.

After several years of stagnant growth, workers in the media and publishing industry saw wages climb 3.9% in the past year. Meanwhile, science and biotech workers saw incomes grow by an average of 3.1% -- thanks, in part, to demand for workers in fields like pharmaceuticals.

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With hundreds of tech and software startups, the metro area depends on fewer large employers and that has also helped. Nationwide, small company wages grew by 2.5% over the 12 months ended September 30, much faster than wages at big companies (up 1%) or mid-sized ones (just 0.4% higher).

Source: PayScale
The PayScale Index tracks changes in the earnings of full-time private industry employees on a quarterly basis. It takes into account total cash compensation, which is defined as all cash payments earned by an employee during a year of full-time employment. This report is based on the year-over-year percentage change in compensation for the 12 months ending September 30, 2013. (More on the methodology).
- Last updated October 16 2013 07:26 AM ET
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