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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1910-1919

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, 1910-1919

Jump down to WAGES by OCCUPATION / INDUSTRY

Jump down to WOMEN'S WAGES

Jump down to WAGES in FOREIGN COUNTRIES

 

GENERAL SOURCES  (all occupations and worker types)

 

 

WAGES BY OCCUPATION / INDUSTRY

Teacher salaries by state, county and city.  

 

Women's Wages by State - 1910s

Because women's wages varied a great deal around the country in the 1910s, most data is reported by state.  In addition to the state-by-state links below, see also the links above for school teachers, clothing manufacture and laundry work, as women workers were heavily concentrated in those areas as well.

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1910-1919

Analysis - Wages in the 1910s

Critical analysis of government methods for collecting and reporting wage data in the 1910s.

Important Legislation about Wages, 1910s-1920s

Prices, 1910-1919

The Retail Prices and Cost of Living Series provided detailed information for principle articles of food by year and by city. Prices of fuels (coal and gas) are included as well. Published in the U.S. BLS' Bulletin series.


 

PRICES for REAL ESTATE


 

PRICES for MERCHANDISE AND DRY GOODS


 

PRICES for SERVICES


 

TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION PRICES


 

COST OF COLLEGE  or VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Prices listed in Sears mail order catalogs - 1910s

Mail order catalogs show only the price being offered by a certain retailer -- not an industry or nationwide average.   Though the items below are not government publications we include them here for the researcher's convenience.

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1910-1919

Cost of Living - Analysis - 1910s

Timeline -- Major Economic Events of the 1910s

Taken from a 75-year graphical timeline of financial events in America, the links below each lead to a single year on the chart.  To see the full chart in context, go to the St. Louis Federal Reserve website.

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