The 1863 book Employments of women: a cyclopaedia of woman's work
is replete with earnings estimates. The author, Virginia Penny, collected data during 1859-1863 by visiting establishments in and around NYC, Mass. and eastern Penn. (more info), but also provides some data for southern states. Read more about this project in "Work for women," a newspaper article dated Feb 15, 1893.
Click the tabs above for direct links to occupations. The data presented here is from Penny's book unless otherwise noted.
WAGES in the DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
WAGES in DELAWARE
WAGES in KENTUCKY
WAGES in MISSOURI
WAGES in NEVADA
WAGES in PENNSYLVANIA
WAGES in GREAT BRITAIN, 1860s
WAGES in AUSTRALIA, 1860s
WAGES in BELGIUM, 1860s
WAGES in FRANCE, 1860s
WAGES in GERMANY and PRUSSIA, 1860s
WAGES in IRELAND, 1860s
WAGES in RUSSIA, 1860s
WAGES in SCOTLAND, 1860s
WAGES in SPAIN, 1860s
WAGES in SWEDEN, 1860s
Source: 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor: A Compilation of wages in commercial countries from official sources, volume 1 and volume 2 (published 1900). All wage data is cited back to the original government source through report numbers; see the key to report numbers here.
Note: See also the "MULTIPLE" tab (above) for additional railroad fares.
Note: See also the "MULTIPLE" tab (above) for additional stagecoach fares.
Hotel rates found advertised in newspapers and travel guides.
District of Columbia
New Mexico Territory
This Texas dwelling was built in 1867 near Pilot Point. Photo taken in 1885.
Source: University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, Special Collections.
NOTE: A family of six living in New York City would require at least 2 bushels (152 pounds) of coal each week, according to estimates published in July 1864. Source
"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.