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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1980-1989

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, 1980-1989

Wages by location for selected occupations, 1980-1989

Click on a state tab above to begin. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Area Wage Survey series shows wages and salaries for occupations such as such as secretary, stenographer, file clerk, messenger, typist, switchboard operator, order clerk,  accounting clerk, payroll clerk, key entry operator, computer systems analyst, computer programmer, drafter, electronics technician, registered industrial nurse, maintenance carpenter, electrician, painter, machinist, mechanic, millwright, sheet-metal worker, pipe fitter, truck driver, stationary engineer, guard, janitor, and more.

Area Wage Surveys for metropolitan areas were published as part of the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics bulletin series.

Wages, salaries and earnings in Alabama --1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Arkansas metro areas -- 1980s

  • Memphis, Tennessee-Arkansas-Mississippi, Metropolitan Area
    • November 1980 (Bulletin 3000-59)
    • November 1981 (Bulletin 3010-55)
    • November 1989 (Bulletin 3050-56)

Wages, salaries and earnings in California metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Colorado metro areas - 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Connecticut metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Delaware -- 1980s

  • Wilmington, Delaware-New Jersey-Maryland, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in the District of Columbia - 1980s

  • Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia, Metropolitan Area
    • March 1980 (Bulletin 3000-4)
    • March 1981 (Bulletin 3010-6)

Wages, salaries and earnings in Florida metro areas -- 1980s

  • Bradenton, Florida, Metropolitan Area
  • Daytona Beach, Florida, Metropolitan Area
    • August 1980 (Bulletin 3000-33)
    • August 1981 (Bulletin 3010-38)
  • Gainesville, Florida, Metropolitan Area
  • Jacksonville, Florida, Metropolitan Area
    • December 1980 (Bulletin 3000-66)
    • December 1981 (Bulletin 3010-63)
  • Miami, Florida, Metropolitan Area
  • Miami-Hialeah, Florida, Metropolitan Area
  • Orlando, Florida, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in Georgia metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Illinois metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Indiana metro areas - 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Iowa metro areas - 1980s

  • Davenport-Rock Island-Moline, Iowa-Illinois, Metropolitan Area
  • Omaha, Nebraska-Iowa, Metropolitan Area
    • October 1980 (Bulletin 3000-57)
    • October 1981 (Bulletin 3010-51)
    • October 1988 (Bulletin 3045-48)

Wages, salaries and earnings in Kansas metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Kentucky metro areas -- 1980s

  • Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana, Metropolitan Area
  • Louisville, Kentucky-Indiana, Metropolitan Area
    • November 1980 (Bulletin 3000-65)
    • November 1981 (Bulletin 3010-60)
    • November 1989 (Bulletin 3050-44)

Wages, salaries and earnings in Louisiana metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Maine -- 1980s

  • Portland, Maine, Metropolitan Area
    • December 1980 (Bulletin 3000-61)
    • December 1981 (Bulletin 3010-64)
    • December 1986 (Bulletin 3035-66)
    • December 1988 (Bulletin 3045-54)

Wages, salaries and earnings in Maryland metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Massachusetts metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Michigan metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Minnesota metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Mississippi metro areas -- 1980s

  • Jackson, Mississippi, Metropolitan Area
  • Memphis, Tennessee-Arkansas-Mississippi, Metropolitan Area
    • November 1980 (Bulletin 3000-59)
    • November 1981 (Bulletin 3010-55)
    • November 1989 (Bulletin 3050-56)

Wages, salaries and earnings in Missouri metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Montana -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Nebraska -- 1980s

  • Omaha, Nebraska-Iowa, Metropolitan Area
    • October 1980 (Bulletin 3000-57)
    • October 1981 (Bulletin 3010-51)
    • October 1988 (Bulletin 3045-48)

Wages, salaries and earnings in New Jersey metro areas -- 1980s

  • Bergen-Passaic, New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Monmouth-Ocean, New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • New York, New York-New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1980 (Bulletin 3000-24)
    • May 1981 (Bulletin 3010-41)
    • May 1988 (Bulletin 3045-19)
  • Newark, New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Paterson-Clifton-Passaic, New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
    • November 1980 (Bulletin 3000-53)
    • November 1981 (Bulletin 3010-52)
  • Trenton, New Jersey, Metropolitan Area
  • Wilmington, Delaware-New Jersey-Maryland, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in New York metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in North Carolina -- 1980s

  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, North Carolina, Metropolitan Area
    • August 1980 (Bulletin 3000-50)
    • August 1981 (Bulletin 3010-43)
  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Portsmouth, Virginia-North Carolina, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1980 (Bulletin 3000-20)
    • May 1981 (Bulletin 3010-17)

Wages, salaries and earnings in Ohio metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Oklahoma -- 1980s

  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Metropolitan Area
    • August 1980 (Bulletin 3000-41)
    • August 1981 (Bulletin 3010-37)

Wages, salaries and earnings in Oregon -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Pennsylvania metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Rhode Island -- 1980s

  • Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1980 (Bulletin 3000-27)
    • June 1981 (Bulletin 3010-36)

Wages, salaries and earnings in South Carolina metro areas -- 1980s

  • Augusta, Georgia-South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Charleston, South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in Tennessee -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Texas metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Utah -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Virginia metro areas -- 1980s

  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Portsmouth, Virginia-North Carolina, Metropolitan Area
    • May 1980 (Bulletin 3000-20)
    • May 1981 (Bulletin 3010-17)
  • Richmond, Virginia, Metropolitan Area
    • June 1980 (Bulletin 3000-23)
    • June 1981 (Bulletin 3010-18)
  • Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia, Metropolitan Area
  • Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia, Metropolitan Area
    • March 1980 (Bulletin 3000-4)
    • March 1981 (Bulletin 3010-6)

Wages, salaries and earnings in Washington state metro areas -- 1980s

  • Portland, Oregon-Washington, Metropolitan Area
  • Seattle-Everett, Washington, Metropolitan Area
    • December 1980 (Bulletin 3000-69)
  • Seattle, Washington, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in Wisconsin metro areas -- 1980s

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Wages for occupations by industry, 1980-1989

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

  • Air Carrier jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Apparel - Mens and boys shirts and nightwear manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Apparel - Womens dress manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Appliance Repair jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Banking jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
    • 1980 (Bulletin 2099)
    • 1985 (Bulletin 2269)
    • 1989 (Bulletin 2371)
  • Banking jobs, occupational earnings in selected metro areas, 1985 - Lists the average weekly earnings of bank employees in 14 cities by specific occupation such as accounting clerk, stenographer, loan officer, etc.
  • Cigarette Manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Coal industry jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Communications industry jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Computer and Data Processing Services - wages, salaries, earnings
    • 1987 (Bulletin 2318)
  • Contract Cleaning Services - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Department Store jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Electric and Gas Utility jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Footwear manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Glass and Glassware manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Grain Mill Product industry jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Hosiery manufacturing industry jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Hospital jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Hotel and Motel jobs -  wages, salaries, earnings
  • Industrial Chemical manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Iron and Steel Foundry jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Iron and Steel industry jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Life and Health Insurance jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Life Insurance jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Machinery Manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Motor Vehicles and Parts manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Oil and Gas Extraction jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Paper manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Savings and Loan Associations jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Shipbuilding and Repairing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Structural Clay Product industry jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Synthetic Fiber manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings
  • Wood Household Furniture manufacturing jobs - wages, salaries, earnings

Prices, 1980-1989

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

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