These are the 10 big US cities where pay grew the fastest in September

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10. Houston: 1.7% growth

10. Houston: 1.7% growth

Median base pay: $55,722

Three biggest companies: Phillips 66; Sysco; ConocoPhillips

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9. Washington, D.C.: 1.9% growth

9. Washington, D.C.: 1.9% growth

Median base pay: $60,535

Three biggest companies: Fannie Mae; Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Maryland); Danaher

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8. Boston: 2.0% growth

8. Boston: 2.0% growth

Median base pay: $60,038

Three biggest companies: General Electric; Liberty Mutual Insurance; State Street Corp.

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7. Atlanta: 2.3% growth

7. Atlanta: 2.3% growth

Median base pay: $54,329

Three biggest companies: Home Depot; UPS; Delta Air Lines

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6. Seattle: 2.7% growth

6. Seattle: 2.7% growth

Median base pay: $62,254

Three biggest companies: Amazon; Microsoft (Redmond, Washington); Starbucks

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5. Chicago: 2.8% growth (tie)

5. Chicago: 2.8% growth (tie)

Median base pay: $56,934

Three biggest companies: Walgreens Boots Alliance (Deerfield, Illinois); Boeing; State Farm (Bloomington, Illinois)

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5. Philadelphia: 2.8% growth (tie)

5. Philadelphia: 2.8% growth (tie)

Median base pay: $56,206

Three biggest companies: AmerisourceBergen (12, Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania); Comcast; Aramark

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3. Los Angeles: 2.9% growth

3. Los Angeles: 2.9% growth

Median base pay: $61,507

Three biggest companies: Disney (Burbank, California); Amgen (Thousand Oaks, California); Molina Healthcare (Long Beach, California)

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2. New York City: 3.0%

2. New York City: 3.0%

Median base pay: $62,761

Three biggest companies: Verizon; JPMorgan Chase; Citigroup

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1. San Francisco: 3.9%

1. San Francisco: 3.9%

Median base pay: $70,361

Three biggest companies: Apple (Cupertino, California); McKesson; Chevron (San Ramon, California)

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