And rent for apartments – increasingly a choice for young professionals in metro Atlanta – is up an average of 2.6 percent from a year ago, according to Apartment List, a national web site for rental listings.
Alpharetta’s rents, the most expensive in the area, have outpaced wage gains in the region the most, rising 3.4 percent during the past year, said Andrew Woo, a data scientist with the company.
But job growth has continued. While wages may not be keeping up with costs, demand is at least nudging wages in the right direction.
The aging of the area’s population has added to the need for health-care workers, including pharmacy technicians, nurses and nurses’ assistants, Chamberlain said.
On average, their pay is up in Atlanta, he said. That is “a trend which is likely being fueled by rising demand for care from aging baby boomers.”
Atlanta is increasingly a destination for retirement.
The needs for certain technology jobs are also outpacing supply, he said. “Sophisticated technology jobs like solutions architects and web designers are increasingly in demand.”
Unfortunately the supply-demand equation also works in reverse, he said. “As the need for single-skilled developers like java developers and web developers has waned, so has wage growth for those positions.”
The median pay for metro Atlanta's 2.9 million employed people is $53,025, according to Glassdoor.
Nationally, median pay is $51,491, but the growth is slightly stronger than Atlanta’s. The U.S. median is up 1.8 percent.
Fastest growing wages in the past year
Job, wage growth and median base pay
1. Barista, 5.6 percent, $24,305
2. Truck Driver, 5 percent, $52,280
3. Recruiter 4.8 percent, $50,491
4. Bank Teller, 4.3 percent, $28,633
5. Restaurant Cook, 4.3 percent, $28,456
6. Solutions Architect, 3.7 percent, $102,184
7. Business Development Manager, 3.6 percent, $69,503
8. Store Manager, 3.5 percent, $48,701
9. Pharmacy Technician, 3.4 percent, $30,688
10. Web Designer, 3.4 percent, $51,767
Fastest growing median pay by metro area
1. Boston, 2.1 percent, $58,887
2. Los Angeles, 2.1 percent, $59,753
3. New York City, 2 percent, $60,821
4. Seattle, 1.9 percent, $60,426
5. Washington, D.C., 1.8 percent, $59,061
6. San Francisco, 1.6 percent, $67,867
7. Atlanta, 1.5 percent, $53,025
8. Philadelphia, 1.1 percent, $54,453
9. Chicago, 0.9 percent, $55,528
10. Houston, 0.7 percent, $54,677
United States $51,491
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