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Economy / Wages

Although the Pittsburgh region has trailed benchmark regions in wage growth in recent years, that gap is narrowing. The Pittsburgh MSA had a 5.0 percent increase in average annual pay between 2005 and 2006 and outpaced the U.S. average. Between 2006 and 2007, average annual pay in Pittsburgh rose another 5.3 percent, and between 2007 and 2008 it rose by 2.8 percent. However, between 2008 and 2009 the increase was only 0.3 percent. Between 2009 and 2010, average annual pay increased by 2.7 percent in Pittsburgh, outpacing eight benchmark regions. And between 2010 and 2011, the increase was 3.6 percent, second only to Detroit.

In 2012, average annual pay in the Pittsburgh region was $48,701, an increase of 3.4 over 2011. This places Pittsburgh below the benchmark average of $51,697.

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Data source(s):

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program publishes a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering 98 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.