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Major Metropolitan Areas

NBAA’s Compensation Survey includes results presented for those employees located within major metropolitan areas and those located outside of major metropolitan areas. Typically salaries are higher for employees located within major metropolitan areas.

NBAA’s Compensation Survey uses U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) to define these major metropolitan areas, selecting the top 52 CBSAs, which each have an estimated population of at least 1,000,000.

Each compensation submission is matched to the appropriate region based upon the individual employee’s ZIP code.

Top 52 CBSAs Based on Estimated Population as of July 1, 2012

  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
  • Austin-Round Rock, TX
  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
  • Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
  • Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
  • Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
  • Cleveland-Elyria, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  • Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
  • Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
  • Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Kansas City, MO-KS
  • Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
  • Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
  • Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
  • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN
  • New Orleans-Metairie, LA
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Richmond, VA
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  • Rochester, NY
  • Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
  • San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  • St. Louis, MO-IL
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV