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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1930-1939

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, 1930-1939

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by OCCUPATION / INDUSTRY
by SEX (WOMEN)
by COUNTRY

 

WAGES -- GENERAL SOURCES  (all occupations and worker types)

WAGES by RACE

Wages by Occupation / Industry, 1930-1939

Women's wages - 1930-1939

Wage reports for individual states - 1930s

Wages in Foreign Countries, 1930-1939

Wages in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1930s

Wages in ARGENTINA, 1930s

Wages in FRANCE, 1930s

Wages in GERMANY, 1930s

Wages in GREAT BRITAIN, 1930s

Wages in INDO-CHINA, 1930s

Wages in JAPAN, 1930s

Wages in MEXICO, 1930s

Wages in PALESTINE, 1930s

Wages in the SOVIET UNION, 1930s

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Prices, 1930-1939

 

MERCHANDISE PRICES

 

HOUSING and REAL ESTATE PRICES

HOUSEHOLD UTILITIES

 

PRICES for SERVICES

 

TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION PRICES

 

COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION

 

Cost of Living and Consumer Expenditures in the 1930s - Analysis

NOTE: Expenditures reports might have some price data, but focus more on how much consumers and households were spending overall in various categories, like food, rent, utilities, clothing, bus fare, etc.

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1930-1939

Sources showing prices in MULTIPLE COUNTRIES, 1930s

Click the tabs above for single countries.

Prices in CENTRAL AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN, 1930s

Prices in FRANCE, 1930s

Prices in the SOVIET UNION, 1930s

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Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Timeline -- Major Economic Events of the 1930s

Taken from a 75-year graphical timeline of financial events in America, the links below each lead to a single year on the chart.  To see the full chart in context, go to the St. Louis Federal Reserve website.

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