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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 INDUSTRY / OCCUPATION

Jump down to WAGES for WOMEN

Jump down to WAGES in FOREIGN COUNTRIES

 

WAGES -- GENERAL SOURCES (all occupations and worker types)

 

WAGES BY INDUSTRY / OCCUPATION

 

WOMEN'S WAGES

Wages in Foreign Countries - 1920-1929

Significant Legislation concerning Wages, 1920s

Prices, 1920-1929

 

PRICES for MERCHANDISE

 

PRICES for HOUSING, REAL ESTATE and UTILITIES

 

PRICES for SERVICES

 

PRICES for TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION

 

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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