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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 in the United States, 1940-1949

 

WOMEN'S WAGES

Wages by Occupation / Industry - 1940s

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1940-1949

Wages in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1940s

Click the tabs above for single countries.

Wages in FRANCE, 1940s

Wages in GERMANY, 1940s

Wages in GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, 1940s

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Wages, analysis - 1940s

Prices in the United States, 1940-1949

PRICES for FOOD, 1940s

PRICES for MERCHANDISE, 1940s

PRICES for HOUSING and UTILITIES, 1940s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1940s

PRICES for TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION, 1940s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 1940s

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

This section does not necessarily show prices for goods, rather, it reports how much consumers were spending in various categories, like food, utilities, rent, etc.  It also shows how such spending increased or decreased relative to a certain base year.

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1940-1949

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