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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1930-1939

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, 1930-1939

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See FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD INCOME

 

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

WAGES by RACE

Wages by Occupation / Industry, 1930-1939

Women's wages - 1930-1939

Wage reports for individual states - 1930s

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1930-1939

Wages in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1930s

Wages in ARGENTINA, 1930s

Wages in FRANCE, 1930s

Wages in GERMANY, 1930s

Wages in GREAT BRITAIN, 1930s

Wages in INDO-CHINA, 1930s

Wages in JAPAN, 1930s

Wages in MEXICO, 1930s

Wages in PALESTINE, 1930s

Wages in the SOVIET UNION, 1930s

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Family income, 1930s

"All sorts of guesses have been made as to the income of the American family.... It should be emphasized that income tax returns are frequently but erroneously used as an indication of the number of families at different income levels..... only about 4 million persons file returns whereas there are 30 million families in the United States."  -- Daniel Starch, Ph.D., writing in 1930 (Source)

Prices, 1930-1939

 

MERCHANDISE PRICES

 

HOUSING and REAL ESTATE PRICES

HOUSEHOLD UTILITIES

 

PRICES for SERVICES

 

TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION PRICES

 

COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION

 

Cost of Living and Consumer Expenditures, 1930s

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

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1930-1939

Sources showing prices in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1930s

Click the tabs above for single countries.

Prices in CENTRAL AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN, 1930s

Prices in FRANCE, 1930s

Prices in the SOVIET UNION, 1930s

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Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Timeline -- Major Economic Events 1930-1938

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1930

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1931

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1932

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1933

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1934

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1935

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1936

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1938

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935" (with 1936-1938 supplement)
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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