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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1890-1899

Links to U. S. government documents listing retail prices for typical consumer purchases, and wages for common occupations. All data is for the United States unless specifically indicated.

Wages in the U.S., 1890-1899

  • Building trade wages by year and state, 1840-1900
    Lists wages for bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, stationary engineers, stationary firemen, hod carriers, building laborers, marble cutters, stone masons, painters, plasterers, plumbers, stone cutters, granite cutters and tile layers. Scroll forward in the source to see additional occupations. Source: History of Wages in the United States from Colonial times to 1928.
  • Building trades - Wages and hours in the U.S. and Europe, 1890-1903
    Compares wages for blacksmiths, boiler makers, bricklayers, carpenters, compositors, hod carriers, iron molders, general laborers, machinists, house painters, plumbers, stone cutters, and stone masons in U.S., Great Britain, Germany, France and Belgium. Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin no. 53, published July 1904.
  • Wages for city employees, by occupation and city - 1890s
    Wages for all the typical building trades are represented (carpenter, stone mason, bricklayer, electrical inspectors) as well as other jobs working for city governments. Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin no. 7, published November 1896.
  • Building trade wage microdata (not averaged),1890-1891
    Reports monthly wages paid to individual, unnamed male and female employees in a variety of jobs at selected establishments in the states of MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA and RI. Occupations include carpenter, carpenter's helper, hod carrier, mason, mason's helper, painter, bricklayer, bricklayer's helper, steam and gas fitter, plumber, tinsmith, machine hand, teamster, roofer, plasterer, watchmen, foreman, apprentice and engineer.
  • Wages for African-Americans by occupation, 1896
    This source lists the occupation and average weekly earnings for several thousand sampled individuals mostly from Atlanta, Nashville and Cambridge, Massachusetts but also from some other cities. Note that this source lists the earnings of each individual and does not provide occupational averages. Some occupations include clergyman, teacher, seamstress, washerwoman, barber, shoemaker, tinsmith, nurse, well digger, coachman, waiter, railroad porter and more. Source: U.S. Dept of Labor Bulletin #10, Condition of the Negro in Various Cities.
  • African-Americans - Wages by occupation, 1890-1920
    The book The Negro Wage Earner is not a government document but it cites government wage data. Use the table of contents to find the chapter on the type of job, then use the "Jump to..." box to quickly land on that page in the volume.

WAGES by OCCUPATION

Wages reported at the U.S. state level, 1890-1899

WAGES REPORTED BY STATE GOVERNMENTS, 1890s

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WAGES in COLORADO, 1890s

WAGES in CONNECTICUT, 1890s

WAGES in IOWA, 1890s

WAGES in ILLINOIS, 1890s

WAGES in MASSACHUSETTS, 1890s

WAGES in MINNESOTA, 1890s

WAGES in MISSOURI, 1890s

WAGES in NEW YORK, 1890s

WAGES in OHIO, 1890s

WAGES in VERMONT, 1890s

WAGES in WASHINGTON, 1890s

WAGES in WISCONSIN, 1890s

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Wages in Foreign Countries, 1890-1899

Sources showing wages in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1890s

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Wages in CANADA, 1890s

Wages in FRANCE, 1890s

Wages in GERMANY, 1890s

Wages in NORWAY, 1890s

Wages in SWEDEN, 1890s

Wages in the UNITED KINGDOM, 1890s

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Wages, 1890s - Analysis

Prices in the U.S., 1890-1899

PRICES for FOOD, 1890s

PRICES for HOUSING & LAND, 1890s

PRICES for MERCHANDISE, 1890s

TRAIN FARE, 1890s

Other transportation rates

HOTEL RATES, 1890s

PRICES for ENTERTAINMENT, 1890s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1890s

PRICE of FUEL, 1890s

PRICES for MEDICINES, 1890s

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Cost of Living / Consumer Expenditures - 1890s

Prices and Cost of Living in Foreign Countries, 1890-1899

Prices and cost of living in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1890s

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Prices and cost of living in CANADA, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in GREAT BRITAIN, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in INDIA, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in ITALY, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in SOUTH AFRICA, 1890s

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Timeline -- Major economic events of the 1890s

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1890

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1891

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1892

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1893

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1894

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1895

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1896

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1897

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1898

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1899

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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