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Average Rent in Pittsburgh & Rent Price Trends

By: Kimi Kaneshina, Rob Warnock, and Justin Chaplin
June 1, 2021

Considering a move to Pittsburgh? Before you start apartment hunting, learn about the local rental market. Make sure you know the average rent in Pittsburgh to get your budget started!

Average Rent in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh rents have increased by 2.96% compared to last month, and are up by 2.34% compared to last year.

For a broader discussion of rent changes across the country, check out our National Rent Report. You can download the raw data containing rent estimates for hundreds of cities across the country.

  • 17% of apartments in Pittsburgh cost less than $1,000 per month.
  • 71% of apartments in Pittsburgh cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
  • 11% of apartments in Pittsburgh cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
  • 1% of apartments in Pittsburgh cost over $3,000 per month.

  • 10% of apartments in Pittsburgh are studio apartments.
  • 49% of apartments in Pittsburgh are 1-bedroom apartments.
  • 32% of apartments in Pittsburgh are 2-bedroom apartments.
  • 9% of apartments in Pittsburgh are 3-bedroom apartments.

What Salary Do You Need to Live in Pittsburgh?

Using the 30% rule, we can give a rough estimate of the salary needed to rent an apartment in Pittsburgh. If these numbers look high, remember that a roommate or two can drastically cut down your monthly rent!

  • If you are renting an average priced studio apartment in Pittsburgh, your annual salary should be around $47,916 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh, your annual salary should be around $52,308 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh, your annual salary should be around $54,972 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 3-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh, your annual salary should be around $62,460 or higher.

Having trouble deciding how much rent you can afford? Try using a rent calculator. Ready to make the move to Pittsburgh? Start apartment hunting in Pittsburgh with our quiz!

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AUTHOR
Kimi is a Content Associate and contributing author at Apartment List, helping renters find a new place to call home. Kimi earned her BA in Organizational Studies, Economics from Scripps College. Read More
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rob is a senior research associate at Apartment List, where he examines trends in the housing and rental markets. Previously he worked in public health policy, and before that, graduated from UCLA with a degree in Globalization. Read More
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Justin is a Content Manager and contributing author at Apartment List, helping people navigate the world of renting. Justin previously spent his time earning his BBA in Marketing from Boise State University. Read More
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