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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1900-1909

Links to government documents and primary sources listing retail prices for products and services, as well as wages for common occupations.

Wages in the United States, 1900-1909

 

WAGES by RACE

 

WAGES by OCCUPATION / INDUSTRY

Manufacturing Wages, 1900-1909

WAGES in MANUFACTURING, 1900s -- General sources

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WAGES in CLOTHING MANUFACTURING, 1900s

WAGES in TEXTILE MANUFACTURING, 1900s

Wages in selected states, 1900-1909

WAGES in CALIFORNIA, 1900s

WAGES in CONNECTICUT, 1900s

WAGES in HAWAII, 1900s

WAGES in MICHIGAN, 1900s

WAGES in MISSOURI, 1900s

 

WAGES in MONTANA, 1900s

WAGES in NEW JERSEY, 1900s

WAGES in TEXAS, 1900s

WAGES in VERMONT, 1900s

WAGES in WISCONSIN, 1900s

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1900-1909

Wages in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES in the 1900s

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Wages in ARGENTINA, 1900s

Wages in AUSTRALIA, 1900s

Wages in AUSTRIA, 1900s

Wages in BELGIUM, 1900s

Wages in BULGARIA, 1900s

Wages in CANADA, 1900s

Wages in FINLAND, 1900s

WAGES in FRANCE, 1900s

Wages in GERMANY, 1900s

Wages in IRELAND, 1900s

WAGES in ITALY, 1900s

Wages in JAPAN, 1900s

WAGES in MEXICO, 1900s

WAGES in NORWAY, 1900s

WAGES in the PHILIPPINES, 1900s

WAGES in POLAND, 1900s

Wages in RUSSIA, 1900s

Wages in SPAIN, 1900s

WAGES in the UNITED KINGDOM, 1900s

Prices in the U.S., 1900-1909

PRICES for FOOD, 1900s

PRICES of MERCHANDISE, 1900s

MAIL ORDER MERCHANDISE

PRICES for HOUSING, 1900s

HOME PLANS 

PRICE of BUILDING MATERIALS

LAND and FARM PRICES

COST of HEALTH CARE, 1900s

PHYSICIANS AND DOCTORS' FEES, 1900s

PRICES for COMMUNICATION, 1900s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 1900s

AUTOMOBILE PRICES

MOTOR WAGON and COMMERCIAL VEHICLE PRICES

4-ton Mack truck priced at $4250 in 1907

GASOLINE PRICES

RAILROAD FARES

OTHER TRANSPORTATION PRICES

HOTEL RATES

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 1900s

OTHER COLLEGE EXPENSES

ENTERTAINMENT - TICKET PRICES

PRICES for ANIMALS, 1900s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1900s

Cost of Living and Consumer Expenditures, 1900-1909

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1900-1909

Sources showing prices in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1900s

Click the tabs above for single countries.

Prices in ARGENTINA, 1900s

Prices in AUSTRALIA, 1900s

Prices in AUSTRIA, 1900s

Prices in BELGIUM, 1900s

Prices in CANADA, 1900s

Prices in FRANCE, 1900s

Prices in GERMANY, 1900s

Prices in GREAT BRITAIN, 1900s

Prices in HUNGARY, 1900s

Prices in INDIA, 1900s

Prices in IRELAND, 1900s

Prices in ITALY, 1900s

Prices in MEXICO, 1900s

Prices in POLAND, 1900s

Prices in the PHILIPPINES, 1900s

Prices in RUSSIA, 1900s

Prices in SWEDEN, 1900s

Quotable facts for the 1900-1909 decade

In the United States...

  • In 1900, bread cost an average of $0.05 per loaf in Chicago. Source: U.S. Congress
  • In 1900, milk cost an average of $0.14 per ½ gallon. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 1900, eggs cost an average of $0.21 per dozen. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 1900, sugar cost an average of $0.587 per pound. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 1900, flour cost families an average of $0.0246 per pound. Source: U.S. BLS 
  • In 1900, carpenters earned an average of $750 per year. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 1900, engineers earned an average of $1,050 per year. Source: U.S BLS 
  • In 1900, shoemakers made an average of $2.40 per day. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 1900, public school teachers made an average of $40 per month. Source: Bureau of Education 
  • In 1900, the average cost of a passenger train ticket per mile was $0.02. Source: Section of Transportation Service
  • In 1902, gasoline cost between 18 and 20 cents a gallon. Source: The Horseless Age 
  • In 1909, visiting nurses in Chicago earned around $60 per month. Source: Charities Publication Committee 

Timeline -- Major Economic Events of the 1900s

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1900

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1901

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1902

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1904

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1905

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1906

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1907

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1908

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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1909

"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.
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