Wages aren't falling everywhere in America -- quite the opposite in some cities.

Over the last year, average wages actually rose in the 20 largest major U.S. metropolitan areas, a survey conducted by PayScale.com shows. The survey studied the change in pay over a one-year period for over 300,000 U.S. employees.

It's professional, technology, energy and utility industry jobs drove up wages, according to PayScale. Other industries did not see such illustrious growth.

This is positive news following a Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing that wages had fallen in all but a handful of states between May of 2011 and 2012. Wage stagnation reduces the average worker's purchasing power and increases wealth inequality, according to the National Employment Law Project.

Here are 12 of the cities with rising wages:

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  • 10. Boston (Tied)

    2.3 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 10. Detroit

    2.3 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 10. Chicago (Tied)

    2.3 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 7. New York City (Tied)

    2.4 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 7. Tampa (Tied)

    2.4 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 7. Washington D.C. (Tied)

    2.4 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 5. San Francisco (Tied)

    2.7 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 5. Dallas (Tied)

    2.7 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 2. Miami (Tied)

    2.9 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 2. Seattle (Tied)

    2.9 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)

  • 2. San Diego (Tied)

    2.9 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012

  • 1. Houston

    3.0 percent annual wage growth (Q2 2011 - Q2 2012)