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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1940-1949

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, 1940-1949

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by OCCUPATION / INDUSTRY
by SEX (WOMEN)
by COUNTRY

 

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

 

WOMEN'S WAGES

Wages by Occupation / Industry - 1940s

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1940-1949

Wages, analysis - 1940s

Prices, 1940-1949

 

MERCHANDISE PRICES

 

HOUSING and UTILITIES PRICES

 

PRICES for SERVICES

 

TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION PRICES

 

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION

Cost of Living and Consumer Expenditures in the 1940s - Analysis

NOTE: This section does not show actual prices, rather, it reports <i>how much consumers were spending</i> in various categories, like food, utilities, rent, etc.  Some figures indicate the degree to which such spending increased or decreased compared to a specified base year.

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

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