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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1960-1969

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, 1960-1969

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GENERAL SOURCES 

Wages by location for selected occupations, 1960-1969

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 hundreds of occupations, such as bookkeeper, accounting clerk, file clerk, keypunch operator, office boy or girl, secretary, stenographer, switchboard operator, receptionist, typist, draftsman, nurse, carpenter, engineer, fireman, machinist, electrician, millwright, painter, pipe fitter, plumber, elevator operator, guard, janitor, laborer, truck driver, watchman, and more. 

  • Birmingham, Alabama, Metropolitan Area
    • March 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-37)
    • April 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-53)
    • April 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-59)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-56)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-63)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-60)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-56)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-63)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-59)
    • April 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-65)
  • Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Area
    • April 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-42)
    • March 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-55)
    • March 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-54)
    • March 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-57)
    • March 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-54)
    • March 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-56)
    • March 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-62)
    • March 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-59)
    • March 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-55)
    • March 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-60)
  • Little Rock-North Little Rock, Arkansas, Metropolitan Area
  • Memphis, Tennessee-Arkansas, Metropolitan Area
  • New Haven, Connecticut, Metropolitan Area
  • Waterbury, Connecticut, Metropolitan Area
    • March 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-36)
    • March 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-56)
    • March 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-48)
    • March 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-49)
    • March 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-48)
    • March 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-49)
    • March 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-52)
    • March 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-54)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-53)
    • March 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-50)
  • Wilmington, Delaware-New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Atlanta, Georgia, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-60)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-73)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-65)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-71)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-73)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-74)
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-71)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-71)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-71)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-77)
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee-Georgia, Metropolitan Area
  • Savannah, Georgia, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-53)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-76)
    • June 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-80)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-60)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-69)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-64)
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-69)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-69)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-73)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-68)
  • Boise City, Idaho, Metropolitan Area
    • July 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-1)
    • July 1965 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-1)
    • July 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-2)
    • July 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-3)
    • July 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-6)
    • November 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1660-34)
  • Boise, Idaho, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-61)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-62)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-77)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-74)
  • Chicago, Illinois, Metropolitan Area
    • April 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-45)
    • April 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-66)
    • April 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-64)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-65)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-66)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-72)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-68)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-73)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-81)
    • April 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-82)
  • Davenport-Rock Island-Moline, Iowa-Illinois, Metropolitan Area
  • Rockford, Illinois, Metropolitan Area
    • April 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-47)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-68)
    • April 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-69)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-55)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-60)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-63)
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-66)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-68)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-70)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-72)
  • St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois, Metropolitan Area
  • Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana, Metropolitan Area
  • Indianapolis, Indiana, Metropolitan Area
  • Louisville, Kentucky-Indiana, Metropolitan Area
  • South Bend, Indiana, Metropolitan Area
    • April 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-38)
    • March 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-54)
    • March 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-52)
    • March 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-52)
    • March 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-51)
    • March 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-54)
    • March 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-55)
    • March 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-57)
    • March 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-56)
    • March 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-55)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky, Metropolitan Area
    • February 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-31)
    • March 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-59)
    • March 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-55)
    • March 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-54)
    • March 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-58)
    • March 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-55)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana, Metropolitan Area
  • Louisville, Kentucky-Indiana, Metropolitan Area
  • Boston, Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
  • Lawrence-Haverhill, Massachusetts-New Hampshire, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-57)
    • June 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-79)
    • June 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-76)
    • June 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-77)
    • June 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-76)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-75)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-80)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-77)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-74)
    • June 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-79)
  • Providence, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
    • March 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-34)
  • Providence-Pawtucket, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-70)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-66)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-70)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-65)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-67)
  • Providence-Pawtucket-Warwick, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-65)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-70)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-61)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-74)
  • Worcester, Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-52)
    • June 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-80)
    • June 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-82)
    • June 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-80)
    • June 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-79)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-76)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-83)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-81)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-76)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-84)
  • Detroit, Michigan, Metropolitan Area
  • Muskegon-Muskegon Heights, Michigan, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-55)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-69)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-68)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-69)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-71)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-68)
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-72)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-72)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-60)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-80)
  • Toledo, Ohio-Michigan, Metropolitan Area
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Metropolitan Area
  • Lawrence-Haverhill, Massachusetts-New Hampshire, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-57)
    • June 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-79)
    • June 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-76)
    • June 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-77)
    • June 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-76)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-75)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-80)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-77)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-74)
    • June 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-79)
  • Manchester, New Hampshire, Metropolitan Area
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania-New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Paterson-Clifton-Passaic, New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-50)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-74)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-71)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-76)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-62)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-71)
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-76)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-67)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-83)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-87)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Trenton, New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Wilmington, Delaware-New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-54)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-61)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-67)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-63)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-61)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-62)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-64)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-60)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-58)
    • April 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-67)
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York, Metropolitan Area
    • March 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-40)
    • March 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-51)
    • March 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-56)
    • March 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-53)
    • March 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-52)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-52)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-60)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-62)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-68)
    • March 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-56)
  • Binghamton, New York
    • July 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-3)
    • July 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1660-5)
  • Buffalo, New York, Metropolitan Area
  • New York, New York, Metropolitan Area
    • April 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-44)
    • April 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-65)
    • April 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-58)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-79)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-72)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-80)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-82)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-83)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-78)
    • April 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-88)
  • Rochester, New York, Metropolitan Area
    • July 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-2)
    • July 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1660-4)
  • Syracuse, New York, Metropolitan Area
    • July 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-5)
    • July 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1660-13)
  • Utica-Rome, New York, Metropolitan Area
    • July 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-1)
    • July 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1660-1)
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, Metropolitan Area
    • April 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-39)
    • April 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-58)
    • April 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-60)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-58)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-55)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-61)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-67)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-64)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-57)
    • March 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-61)
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Akron, Ohio, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-59)
    • June 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-81)
    • June 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-81)
    • June 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-81)
    • June 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-80)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-78)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-81)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-86)
    • July 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-84)
    • July 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-89)
  • Canton, Ohio, Metropolitan Area
    • December 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-29)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-62)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-64)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-64)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-59)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-58)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-58)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-65)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-73)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky, Metropolitan Area
    • February 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-31)
    • March 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-59)
    • March 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-55)
    • March 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-54)
    • March 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-58)
    • March 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-55)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana, Metropolitan Area
  • Cleveland, Ohio, Metropolitan Area
  • Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Area
  • Dayton, Ohio, Metropolitan Area
  • Toledo, Ohio, Metropolitan Area
  • Toledo, Ohio-Michigan, Metropolitan Area
  • Youngstown-Warren, Ohio, Metropolitan Area
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Metropolitan Area
  • Portland, Oregon, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-79)
  • Portland, Oregon-Washington, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-49)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-72)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-72)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-73)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-67)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-70)
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-73)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-80)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-76)
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania-New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Area
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Area
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Area
  • York, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Area
  • Providence, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
    • March 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-34)
  • Providence-Pawtucket, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-70)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-66)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-70)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-65)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-67)
  • Providence-Pawtucket-Warwick, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-65)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-70)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-61)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-74)
  • Greenville, South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-46)
    • April 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-63)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-70)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-68)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-68)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-69)
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-74)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-66)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-66)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-70)
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-58)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-75)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-78)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-67)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-70)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-66)
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange, Texas, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-63)
    • May 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-74)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-75)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-75)
  • Dallas, Texas, Metropolitan Area
  • Fort Worth, Texas, Metropolitan Area
  • Houston, Texas, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-56)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-78)
    • June 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-79)
    • June 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-82)
    • June 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-81)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-82)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-85)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-85)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-82)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-83)
  • Lubbock, Texas, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-51)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-67)
    • June 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-74)
    • June 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-72)
    • June 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-75)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-73)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-79)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-75)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-77)
    • March 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-53)
  • Midland and Odessa, Texas, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-84)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-78)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-72)
    • March 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-49)
  • San Antonio, Texas, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-71)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-63)
    • June 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-78)
    • June 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-74)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-81)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-78)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-84)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-69)
    • June 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-85)
  • Burlington, Vermont, Metropolitan Area
    • March 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-57)
    • March 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-50)
    • March 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-50)
    • March 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-47)
    • March 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-51)
    • March 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-54)
    • March 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-52)
    • March 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-48)
    • March 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-54)
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth and Newport News-Hampton, Virginia, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-75)
    • June 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-75)
    • June 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-77)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-77)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-77)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-82)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-85)
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Virginia, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-82)
  • Richmond, Virginia, Metropolitan Area
  • Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia, Metropolitan Area
  • Portland, Oregon-Washington, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-49)
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-72)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-72)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-73)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-67)
    • May 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-70)
    • May 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-73)
    • May 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-80)
    • May 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-76)
  • Seattle, Washington, Metropolitan Area
  • Seattle-Everett, Washington, Metropolitan Area
  • Spokane, Washington, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-77)
    • May 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-73)
    • May 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-66)
    • May 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-78)
    • June 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-79)
    • June 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-75)
    • June 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-80)
    • June 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-79)
    • June 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-81)
  • Charleston, West Virginia, Metropolitan Area
    • April 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-48)
    • April 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-60)
    • April 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-61)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-61)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-57)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-65)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-70)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-61)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-63)
    • April 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-71)
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin, Metropolitan Area
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Metropolitan Area
    • April 1960 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1265-43)
    • April 1961 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1285-64)
    • April 1962 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1303-57)
    • April 1963 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1345-59)
    • April 1964 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1385-56)
    • April 1965 Occupational Wage Survey (Bulletin 1430-58)
    • April 1966 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1465-61)
    • April 1967 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1530-76)
    • April 1968 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1575-67)
    • April 1969 Area Wage Survey (Bulletin 1625-66)
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Wages for occupations by industry, 1960-1969

Most of the following are Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series.

  • Auto dealer repair shop industry wages
    Wages for car mechanics, car painters, body repairmen, auto parts and service salesmen, etc.
  • Automotive dealer and gasoline service station wages
  • Banking job wages
    Wages for bank tellers, bookkeepers, typists, file clerks, secretaries, etc. with breakouts for men and women.
  • Cigar manufacturing job wages
    Wages for cigar makers, cigar packers, etc.
  • Cigarette manufacturing wages
    In addition to showing earnings for factory workers who produced cigarettes, the wages for truckers, machinists, electricians, carpenters, custodians who worked in this industry are also displayed.
  • Clothing and footwear manufacture - Hours, wages and earnings
    Employees who sewed clothing could be paid wages by the hour, and could receive additional incentive based on a piecework model.  Many garment workers were unionized.   The following reports tell hours, wages and earnings for employees in these industries.
  • Clothing stores (apparel and accessories) employee earnings
  • College and university position salaries, both academic and supportive
    • 1959-1960. Covers the salaries paid to teachers, professors and administrators in degree-granting institutions and junior colleges. The library has additional data from 1957-1964 in print format (not yet scanned.) Contact us for a lookup.
    • 1961-1962. Salaries for faculty and administrators by type of job, for example, college president, registrar, manager of residence halls, director of food services, library director, etc.  Breakouts by type of college and region of the country.
  • Communications industry wages
    Wages and earnings for switchboard operators, telephone linemen, telephone repairmen, Western Union employees, bicycle messengers, and clerical staff of all kinds in the telephone and telegraph industries.
    • 1961 (Bulletin 1343)
    • 1963 (Bulletin 1426)
    • 1964 (Bulletin 1467)
    • 1965 (Bulletin 1521)
    • 1966 (Bulletin 1582)
    • 1967 (Bulletin 1615)
    • 1968 (Bulletin 1662)
    • 1969 (Bulletin 1696)
  • Construction and building union wages 
    Union wages for asbestos workers, bricklayers, carpenters, millwrights, electricians (inside wiremen), elevator constructors, engineers, operators of cranes, derricks, tractors, rollers, piledrivers and other machinery, mosaic workers, painters, paperhangers, plasterers, plumbers, roofers, sheet-metal workers, stone masons, tile layers, etc. in a few dozen major cities for the years below.  For further discussion on earnings for construction worker jobs, we also recommend the BLS publication Compensation in the Construction Industry (1970).  This book too provides lists of wages.
  • Contract cleaning services job wages
    Tells the pay for window washers, floor waxers, exterminators, and employees who cleaned buildings, both at night and during the day.  Wage figures are broken out for men and women.
  • Crude petroleum and natural gas production industry wages
  • Bar and restaurant job wages and earnings
    Earnings data for bartenders, waiters and waitresses, dishwashers and here, along with additional wage information for employees who did not receive tips.
  • Department stores - employee earnings
    • 1961-1966.  This source also gives wage data for workers in dime stores.
  • Educational institutions - wages for non-teaching jobs
    Wages for school bus drivers, school cafeteria workers, office clerical staff, maintenance workers, custodians, etc. Provides data by type of school, from elementary school through college, both public and private.
  • Electric and gas utilities job wages
  • Farm labor wages, 1930-present
    • The periodical Farm Labor  has been in publication for nearly 90 years. It was originally published monthly, and then became a quarterly. Wages expressed in dollars can be found in every issue, it seems. After clicking on the Farm Labor link, scroll down the section titled "Previous Releases."
  • Fertilizer manufacturing industry wages
  • Food production job wages
    • Candy and other confectionery products
      Wages for candymakers, machinists, hand dippers, wrapping machine operators, etc.
    • Dairy
      Wages for milkmen, dairy workers, delivery truck drivers, etc.
    • Flour and other grain mill products
    • Meat products
  • Food stores (retail) employee earnings
    • 1961-1966 volumes show collective data for all non-supervisory employees in grocery and food stores. Does not break out by job title, but it does show range of wages by size of store, etc. Taken from the Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Foundries (nonferrous) job wages
  • Foundries, iron and steel job wages
  • Furniture stores, home furnishings and household appliance retail stores - employee earnings
  • Hardware stores, building materials and farm equipment dealers (retail) - employee earnings
  • Health care industry
    • Tells salaries and wages for jobs in hospitals, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing aides, dieticians, physical therapists, x-ray technicians, medical records librarians, medical social workers, and more, plus many non-medical jobs such as kitchen workers, dishwashers, maids and housekeepers, washer women and laundry personnel, etc.  Mens’ and womens’ pay are listed separately, and breakouts provided for hospital employment in various U.S. cities.
    • Medical personnel - income of physicians, dentists and other health workers
      • 1939-1976. Median net income of office-based non-salaried physicians, dentists and male professional workers in health professions. Covers 1963, 1965 and 1967.
  • Hotel and motel job wages
    Tells wages, hours and earnings for non-supervisory employees only, but breaks out by tipped and non-tipped personnel in motels, tourist courts and resorts. Listed occupations include bellmen, chambermaids, waiters, waitresses.
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Iron industries, basic
    Wages for employees working in steel mills, foundries, etc.
  • Laundry and cleaning services
  • Leather Tanning and Finishing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing job wages reported by the month
    • 1939-1968.  Reports for both durable and non-durable goods.  The non-durable category was dominated by the apparel manufacturing industry.
  • Motion Picture Theaters
    Wages and earnings for box office cashiers, ushers, ticket takers, concession attendants, movie projectionists, janitors, both for drive-in theaters and conventional theaters.  Wage data is broken out by region of the country and in metro areas.
  • Motor Vehicles and Parts
  • Nursing Homes and Related Facilities
    Shows earnings data for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse aides, kitchen workers, cooks, maids, porters, dieticians, etc. in nursing homes.
  • Paints and varnish factory job wages
  • Paper products industry wages
    • Paperboard Containers and Boxes
    • Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
  • Petroleum refining industry wages
  • Plastic product manufacture job wages
    Wages for factory workers in the plastics industry.
  • Printing trades - Union wages and hours
    Covers wages for bindery workers, bookbinders, mailers, compositors, electrotypers, machinists, photoengravers, press assistants, pressmen, lithography artists, cameramen, lithography platemakers, and newspaper work (day and night).  
  • Sawmills and planing mills job wages
  • Steel industry wages
  • Structural clay products industry wages
  • Telephone company workers
    Occupations included telephone operators, telephone installation and maintenance employees, clerical staff, etc.
  • Textile and fiber industry wages
  • Sawmilling [and Logging] - West Coast
    Shows earnings of loggers, lumber stackers, sawmill workers and other occupations within the lumber industry such as truck drivers, engineers, bulldozer operators, mechanics, repairmen for heavy equipment, etc.  Gives earning by region and forest type.
  • Transit (local) - Union wages and hours
    Wages for bus drivers, trolley, cable car "gripmen" and conductors (in San Francisco), subway and elevated train operators, platform workers, and other jobs.  Specifically names bus and coach companies in various cities and tells the wages for personnel with various levels of experience. 
  • Truck drivers and helpers - Union wages and hours
    Shows earnings for truckers and truck drivers, along with workers who did not drive but helped with loading and unloading. Breakouts for type of business served, for example, department stores, breweries, moving companies, furniture delivery, appliance delivery, etc. Includes breakouts for cities with 500,000 or more population.
  • Variety stores, limited price​ - employee earnings
    • 1961-1966  It seems this source would tell wages for stores like Woolworth's or "dime stores" also known as "Five and dime" or "five and ten cent" stores.  The source also gives wage data for employees in department stores.
  • Wood household furniture factory job wages
    Though carpenters are not listed as such, this document tells the rate of pay for all typical occupations in wood furniture factories, from gluers to assemblers to hand sanders.

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