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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, 1920-1929

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)

 

BY OCCUPATION / INDUSTRY

 

WOMEN'S WAGES

Wages in Foreign Countries - 1920-1929

Important Legislation about Wages, 1920s

Prices, 1920-1929

 

PRICES FOR MERCHANDISE and DRY GOODS

 

PRICES for HOUSING and REAL ESTATE

 

PRICES for SERVICES

 

TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION PRICES

 

Cost of Living - Analysis - 1920s

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Timeline -- Major Economic Events of the 1920s

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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