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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1950-1959

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, 1950-1959

Wages by location for selected occupations, 1950-1959

Click on a state tab above to see cities and metro areas in the series. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Wage Survey shows wages and salaries for many occupations, including bookkeeper, accounting clerk, carpenter, crane operator, office boy, office girl, secretary, stenographer, switchboard operator, typist, draftsman, nurse, electrician, engineer, fireman, machinist, mechanic, millwright, painter, pipefitter, plumber, elevator operator, guard, janitor, truck driver, watchman and more. 

  • Birmingham, Alabama
    • April 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1107)
    • January 1957 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1202-10)
  • Phoenix, Arizona
    • March 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1103)
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, California
    • March 1956 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1188-13)
    • March 1957 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1202-11)
    • March 1958 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1224-13)
    • March 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1240-15)
  • San Bernardino-Riverside-Ontario, California
  • San Francisco-Oakland, California
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
    • June 1951 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1044)
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia
  • Jacksonville, Florida
    • May 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1110)
    • December 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-14)
  • Miami, Florida
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    • March 1951 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1031)
    • March 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1102)
    • March 1953 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1116-18)
    • March 1955 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1172-11)
    • April 1956 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1188-18)
    • April 1957 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1202-16)
    • May 1958 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1224-17)
    • May 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1240-19)
  • Chicago, Illinois
    • April 1951 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1034)
    • March 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1105)
    • March 1953 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1116-15)
    • April 1955 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1172-14)
    • April 1956 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1188-15)
    • April 1957 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1202-15)
    • April 1958 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1224-14)
    • April 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1240-18)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Louisville, Kentucky
    • May 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1112)
  • Portland, Maine
  • Baltimore, Maryland
    • June 1951 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1045)
    • October 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1116-6)
    • April 1955 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1172-15)
    • August 1957 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1224-3)
    • August 1958 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1240-2)
    • September 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-7)
  • Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts
    • February 1956 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1188-11)
    • May 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1240-21)
  • Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Newark-Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Trenton, New Jersey
    • March 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1104)
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
    • March 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1108)
  • Buffalo, New York
  • New York, New York
    • April 1951 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1037)
    • January 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1101)
    • February 1953 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1116-16)
    • March 1955 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1172-13)
    • April 1956 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1188-17)
    • April 1957 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1202-17)
    • April 1958 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1224-15)
    • April 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1240-17)
  • Rochester, New York
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
    • April 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1109)
  • Dayton, Ohio
    • June 1951 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1041)
    • December 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-9)
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Portland, Oregon
    • June 1951 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1042)
    • September 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1116-2)
    • April 1955 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1172-16)
    • April 1956 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1188-16)
    • April 1957 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1202-12)
    • April 1958 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1224-16)
    • April 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1240-20)
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
    • May 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1111)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • March 1952 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1099)
    • April 1953 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1116-19)
    • November 1955 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1188-3)
    • May 1958 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1224-18)
    • April 1959 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1240-16)
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Wages for occupations by industry, 1950-1959

Wages - Analysis - 1950s

Prices, 1950-1959

 

PRICES for MERCHANDISE, TRANSPORTATION and SERVICES

 

PRICES for REAL ESTATE, HOUSING and UTILITIES

Cost of living and consumer expenditures in the 1950s - Analysis

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1950-1959

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