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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

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, 1930-1939

Women's wages - 1930-1939

Wages in Foreign Countries - 1930-1939

Prices, 1930-1939

 

PRICES for MERCHANDISE AND DRY GOODS

 

PRICES for SERVICES

 

TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION PRICES

 

PRICES for REAL ESTATE, HOUSING AND UTILITIES

 

COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION

 

Cost of Living and Consumer Expenditures in the 1930s - Analysis

NOTE: Expenditures reports do not focus so much on prices as they do how much consumers and households were spending overall in various categories, like food, utilities, rent, etc.

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Timeline -- Major Economic Events of the 1930s

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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