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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

Jump down to WAGES BY OCCUPATION / INDUSTRY

Jump down to WAGES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES

 

GENERAL SOURCES  (all occupations and worker types)

Wages by Occupation / Industry - 1940s

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1940-1949

Prices, 1940-1949

FOOD PRICES

PRICES for MERCHANDISE AND DRY GOODS

PRICES for SERVICES

PRICES for HOUSING AND UTILITIES

 

PRICES for EDUCATION

 

PRICES for TRAVEL

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

NOTE: This section does NOT show actual prices, rather, it reports how much consumers and households were spending overall in various categories, like food, utilities, rent, etc.  Some listings tell the degree to which such spending increased or decreased compared to a randomly selected base year.

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

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