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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1920-1929

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 United States, 1920-1929

 

WAGES BY INDUSTRY / OCCUPATION

 

WOMEN'S WAGES

See list of the most common occupations for women in 1910 and 1920 (source: Census Bureau).

Significant Legislation concerning Wages, 1920s

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1920-1929

Wages in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1920s

Click the tabs above for single countries.

Wages in GERMANY, 1920s

Wages in GREAT BRITAIN, 1920s

Wages in the SOVIET UNION, 1920s

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Family/Household Income, 1920-1929

NOTE: If you are looking for total U.S. family income data for 1929 that is not limited to just salary and wage income, we recommend a 1934 Brookings Institution report titled America's Capacity to Consume.  It is not yet available to read online; check your local library.

Prices in the United States, 1920-1929

PRICES for FOOD, 1920s

PRICES for MERCHANDISE, 1920s

PRICES for HOUSING, REAL ESTATE and UTILITIES, 1920s

PRICES for HEALTH CARE, 1920s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1920s

PRICES for TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION, 1920s

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Cost of Living Analysis, 1920s

In addition to the links below, we recommend the book America's Capacity to Consume, published in 1934 by the Brookings Institution.  It presents detailed analysis of personal and household income as well as consumer expenditures in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1920-1929

Timeline -- Major Economic Events of the 1920s

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1920

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1921

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1922

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1923

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1924

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1925

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1926

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1927

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1928

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1929

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