Monthly wages by occupation and sex, 1840-1891
Reports monthly wages paid in January and July of each year to individual, unnamed male and female employees in a variety of jobs at selected establishments in the northeast U.S. Not all listings date back to 1840, so it is recommended to use the "Search in this Text" box to quickly find the right pages. This advantage of the source is that it tracks how much individual businesses paid for various jobs over several decades, and it shows what was paid to male and female employees, sometimes in the same job title (see example).
Pay for apprentices or "learners" are listed separately from more experienced staff. Industries/states covered: agricultural implement manufacture (MA), brewers (NY), book and newspaper publishers (CT, NY, MD), building trades (CT, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA, RI), railroad car and ship building (DE), wagon and carriage manufacture (NY), city public works (MA, NY, PA) and cotton milling (MA). Source: 1893 report of the U.S. Congressional Committee on Finance titled "Wholesale prices, wages and transportation."