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The 10 US cities where wages are growing the fastest—and the slowest

San Francisco skyline.
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San Francisco skyline.

The annual median base pay in the United States has grown 2 percent and reached $51,556 in August, according to company-review and career-recruiting site Glassdoor.

In its Local Pay Reports, Glassdoor outlines wage trends of full-time U.S. workers, examining pay by job title, industry and employer size in 10 major US metro areas.

Of the areas tracked, here's where wages have grown the most:

San Francisco

Percent of wage growth year over year: 2.4
Average median base pay: $68,164

Boston

Percent of wage growth year over year: 2.4
Average median base pay: $58,731

Washington, D.C.

Percent of wage growth year over year: 2.3
Average median base pay: $59,141

Seattle

Percent of wage growth year over year: 2.1
Average median base pay: $60,487

Los Angeles

Percent of wage growth year over year: 2.1
Average median base pay: $59,972

Boston skyline
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Boston skyline

"The fastest average pay growth was in Boston in August, where median base pay for full-time workers rose by 2.4 percent from a year ago to $58,731 per year," the report notes.

"They were followed by the San Francisco metro area, where average pay rose by 2.4 percent to $68,164 per year, and by Washington, D.C., where salaries rose 2.3 percent to $59,141 per year."

In contrast, the following areas saw the least amount of wage growth, falling slightly below the national average of two percent:

New York

Percent of wage growth year over year: 1.9
Average median base pay: $60,755

Philadelphia

Percent of wage growth year over year: 1.8
Average median base pay: $54,632

Chicago

Percent of wage growth year over year: 1.6
Average median base pay: $55,550

Atlanta

Percent of wage growth year over year: 1.6
Average median base pay: $53,209

Houston

Percent of wage growth year over year: 0.5
Average median base pay: $54,538

"The metro where average pay growth was slowest in August was Houston," the reports notes. That's up 0.5 percent to $54,538 per year. Next slowest was Atlanta, "up 1.6 percent to $53,209 per year, and Chicago, up 1.6 percent to $55,550 per year."

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