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.
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).