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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1890-1899

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Wages in the United States, 1890-1899

WAGES by RACE

Wages by industry and occupation, 1890-1899

  • Agricultural labor wages and earnings
    • 1890 earnings by U.S. region
      Shows average monthly earnings with board. See the explanation for this table.
    • 1890-1899 average earnings
      National average monthly earnings of hired farm labor, with or without board, at harvest or other seasons. This is part of a larger table showing wage data from 1866-1922.
    • 1866-1909 earnings by state
      Show average wages with and without board in tables 11-15 on pp. 29-33.
    • 1780-1937 farm wages in Vermont
       Source: Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station, Table 26.

  • Baker wages, 1880-1900. Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin no. 604.
  • Building trades
    • Building trade wages by year and state, 1840-1900
      Lists wages for bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, stationary engineers, stationary firemen, hod carriers, building laborers, marble cutters, stone masons, painters, plasterers, plumbers, stone cutters, granite cutters and tile layers. Scroll forward in the source to see additional occupations. Source: History of Wages in the United States from Colonial times to 1928.
    • Building trades - Wages and hours in the U.S. and Europe, 1890-1903
      Compares wages for blacksmiths, boiler makers, bricklayers, carpenters, compositors, hod carriers, iron molders, general laborers, machinists, house painters, plumbers, stone cutters, and stone masons in U.S., Great Britain, Germany, France and Belgium. Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin no. 53, published July 1904.
    • Wages for city employees, by occupation and city - 1890s
      Wages for all the typical building trades are represented (carpenter, stone mason, bricklayer, electrical inspectors) as well as other jobs working for city governments. Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin no. 7, published November 1896.
    • Building trade wage microdata (not averaged),1890-1891
      Reports monthly wages paid to individual, unnamed male and female employees in a variety of jobs at selected establishments in the states of MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA and RI. Occupations include carpenter, carpenter's helper, hod carrier, mason, mason's helper, painter, bricklayer, bricklayer's helper, steam and gas fitter, plumber, tinsmith, machine hand, teamster, roofer, plasterer, watchmen, foreman, apprentice and engineer.
  • Farm labor wages and earnings
    • 1890 earnings by U.S. region
      Shows average monthly earnings with board. See the explanation.
    • 1890-1899 national average earnings
      National average monthly earnings of hired farm labor, with or without board, at harvest or other seasons. This is part of a larger table showing wage data from 1866-1922.
    • 1866-1909 earnings by state
      Show average wages with and without board in tables 11-15 on pp. 29-33.
    • 1780-1937 farm wages in Vermont
       Source: Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station, Table 26.
    • Farm labor, 1841-1899
      For further time series data, see USDA data showing farm labor wages from 1866-1920.
  • Printing and publishing, 1842-1900
    Wages for bookbinders, press feeders, proof readers, compositors for newspapers and other shops, pressmen (operators of the printing press), stereotypers, etc.  Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin no. 604.
  • Railroad employee wages
    • Railway employee wages, 1896-1907
      For each year from 1896-1907, this source lists average daily compensation in dollars for station agents, conductors, telegraph operators, enginemen, firemen, track men, switch tenders, crossing tenders, machinists, carpenters and more.
    • Railroad cars, building and repair - 1890 to 1912
      Shows wages per hour and hours of work per week for the years 1907 to 1912, with breakouts by state. Includes a comparison from 1890 to 1912. Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin no. 137

 

 

  • Woodworking trades, 1845-1900
    Wages for cabinet makers, coopers, sawyers, loggers, lumber laborers, woodworkers, etc. Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin no 604.

Wages by state, 1890-1899

WAGES in COLORADO, 1890s

WAGES in CONNECTICUT, 1890s

WAGES in IOWA, 1890s

WAGES in ILLINOIS, 1890s

WAGES in INDIANA, 1890s

WAGES in MASSACHUSETTS, 1890s

WAGES in MINNESOTA, 1890s

WAGES in MISSOURI, 1890s

WAGES in NEW YORK, 1890s

WAGES in OHIO, 1890s

WAGES in PENNSYLVANIA, 1890s

WAGES in RHODE ISLAND, 1890s

WAGES in TEXAS, 1890s

WAGES in VERMONT, 1890s

WAGES in WASHINGTON, 1890s

WAGES in WISCONSIN, 1890s

Wages by country, then occupation - 1890s

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Wages in AUSTRIA, 1890s

Wages in BELGIUM, 1890s

Wages in CANADA, 1890s

Wages in DENMARK, 1890s

Wages in FRANCE, 1890s

Wages in GERMANY, 1890s

Wages in GREECE, 1890s

Wages in HOLLAND, 1890s

Wages in ITALY, 1890s

Wages in NORWAY, 1890s

Wages in RUSSIA, 1890s

Wages in SPAIN, 1890s

Wages in SWEDEN, 1890s

Wages in the UNITED KINGDOM, 1890s

Worldwide wages by occupation (A-Z), then country - 1890s

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.  Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Shows average daily wages for males and females by occupation, state and country.   Source: A Compilation of Wages in Commercial Countries from Official Sources, Volume I and Volume II. Issued as the 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor (1900).

Wages, 1890s - Analysis and calculators

Prices in the United States, 1890-1899

PRICES for FOOD, 1890s

HOME RENT in the 1890s

HOME PLANS with COSTS TO BUILD

HOUSE, LAND and LOT PRICES, 1890s

PRICES for MERCHANDISE, 1890s

SPECIALTY CATALOGS, 1890s

AUTOMOBILE PRICES, 1890s

TRAIN FARE, 1890s

HORSE-DRAWN VEHICLES

OTHER TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION COSTS

GASOLINE FOR AUTOMOBILES

HOUSEHOLD FUELS for HEAT and LIGHT

HOTEL RATES, 1890s

PRICES for COMMUNICATION, 1890s

HEALTH PRICES, 1890s

PHYSICIANS' FEES, 1890s

DRUG PRICES, 1890s

COST of EDUCATION, 1890s

PRICES for ANIMALS, 1890s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1890s

PRICES for ENTERTAINMENT, 1890s

Cost of living and consumer expenditures in the U.S. - 1890s

International prices and cost of living, 1890-1899

Prices and cost of living in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1890s

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Prices and cost of living in CANADA, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in GERMANY, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in GREAT BRITAIN, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in INDIA, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in ITALY, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in SOUTH AFRICA, 1890s

Prices and cost of living in SWEDEN, 1890s

Timeline -- Major economic events of the 1890s

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
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1890

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1891

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
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1892

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
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1893

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
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1894

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
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1895

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
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1896

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
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1897

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
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1898

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1899

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