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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1980-1989

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, 1980-1989

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by RACE and SEX
by LOCATION
by OCCUPATION
in FOREIGN COUNTRIES

 

WAGES - GENERAL SOURCES (all occupations and worker types)

Earnings by race and sex, 1980-1989

EARNINGS by SEX, 1980s

BLACK PERSONS' EARNINGS BY SEX, 1980

Mean hourly and annual earnings reported in the 1980 Census, Special Report: Earnings by Occupation and Education.  The Census Bureau also has a digitized copy of this volume available on its website.

HISPANIC PERSONS' EARNINGS BY SEX, 1980

Mean hourly and annual earnings reported in the 1980 Census, Special Report: Earnings by Occupation and Education.  The Census Bureau also has a digitized copy of this volume available on its website.

ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER EARNINGS BY SEX, 1980

Mean hourly and annual earnings reported in the 1980 Census, Special Report: Earnings by Occupation and Education.  The Census Bureau also has a digitized copy of this volume available on its website.

AMERICAN INDIAN, ESKIMO AND ALEUT  EARNINGS BY SEX, 1980

Mean hourly and annual earnings reported in the 1980 Census, Special Report: Earnings by Occupation and Education.  The Census Bureau also has a digitized copy of this volume available on its website.

WHITE PERSONS' EARNINGS BY SEX, 1980

Mean hourly and annual earnings reported in the 1980 Census, Special Report: Earnings by Occupation and Education.  The Census Bureau also has a digitized copy of this volume available on its website.

Wages by location for selected occupations, 1980-1989

Click on a state tab above to see metro area reports. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Area Wage Survey series for metropolitan areas were published as part of the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics bulletin series.  They show wages and salaries for occupations such as secretary, stenographer, file clerk, messenger, typist, switchboard operator, order clerk, accounting clerk, payroll clerk, key entry operator, computer systems analyst, computer programmer, drafter, electronics technician, registered industrial nurse, maintenance carpenter, electrician, painter, machinist, mechanic, millwright, sheet-metal worker, pipe fitter, truck driver, stationary engineer, guard, janitor, and more.

Wages, salaries and earnings in Alabama --1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Arkansas metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in California metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Colorado metro areas - 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Connecticut metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Delaware -- 1980s

  • Wilmington, Delaware-New Jersey-Maryland, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in the District of Columbia - 1980s

  • Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in Florida metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Georgia metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Illinois metro areas -- 1980s

See also Illinois Statewide Wage and Salary Survey of Selected Occupations, September 1980, published by the Illnois Bureau of Employment Security, Research and Analysis.  This state-produced source lists wages by region of the state, then by occupation.  

Wages, salaries and earnings in Indiana metro areas - 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Iowa metro areas - 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Kansas metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Kentucky metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Louisiana metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Maine -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Maryland metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Massachusetts metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Michigan metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Minnesota metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Mississippi metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Missouri metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Montana -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Nebraska -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in New Jersey metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in New York metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in North Carolina -- 1980s

  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, North Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Portsmouth, Virginia-North Carolina, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in Ohio metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Oklahoma -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Oregon -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Pennsylvania metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Rhode Island -- 1980s

  • Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in South Carolina metro areas -- 1980s

  • Augusta, Georgia-South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Charleston, South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in Tennessee -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Texas metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Utah -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Virginia metro areas -- 1980s

  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Portsmouth, Virginia-North Carolina, Metropolitan Area
  • Richmond, Virginia, Metropolitan Area
  • Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia, Metropolitan Area
  • Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia, Metropolitan Area

Wages, salaries and earnings in Washington state metro areas -- 1980s

Wages, salaries and earnings in Wisconsin metro areas -- 1980s

Occupational wages by industry (A to Z), 1980s

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

  • High technology industry job wages
  • Hosiery manufacturing industry job wages
  • Hospital job wages
  • Hotel and motel job wages
    Includes occupations such as bell boys, porters, housekeepers / maids, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, cooks, dishwashers, checkout cashiers, maintenance workers and stationary engineers.  Reports pay by metro areas, including Atlantic city, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles, Oakland CA, San Diego and San Francisco.

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

  • Iron and steel foundry job wages
  • Iron and steel industry job wages
  • Librarian salaries at research institutions - 1982, 1983, 1984.
    • Source: Association of Research Libraries.
  • Life and health insurance job wages
  • Life insurance job wages 
    Earnings of actuaries, claim approvers, underwriters, etc.

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

Unless otherwise noted, the following listings refer to Industry Wage Surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Bulletin series. Listings followed by a 'source' link are from the BLS Monthly Labor Review

International wages by country, 1980-1989

Prices in the United States, 1980-1989

PRICES for FOOD and DRINK, 1980s

PRICES for CLOTHING, 1980s

PRICES for MERCHANDISE, 1980s

PRICES for HOUSING, 1980s

HOUSEHOLD UTILITIES, 1980s

HEALTH PRICES, 1980s

PRICES for COMMUNICATION, 1980s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 1980s

HOTEL RATES, 1980s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 1980s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1980s

ENERGY PRICES, 1980s

Consumer expenditures, 1980-1989

International prices by country, 1980-1989

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Quotable facts for the 1980-1989 decade

In the United States...

  • Minimum wage was $3.10 per hour in 1980. Source: U.S. Department of Labor
  • In 1980, the median home value was $47,200. Source: US Census Bureau
  • Eggs cost 84¢ per dozen on average in 1980. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (use drop-down box to select year)
  • Coffee cost an average of $3.20 a pound in 1980.  Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (use drop-down box to select year)
  • Public 4-year universities charged an average of $2,474 for tuition, fees, room & board for the 1979-1980 academic year. Source: U.S. Department of Education.
  • The 1980 Ford F-150 was priced at $5,697. Source: J.D. Power
  • The 1980 Ford Bronco was priced at $8,392. Source: J.D. Power
  • A gallon of gasoline cost 86¢ on average in 1980. Source: Energy Information Administration
  • Teachers earned an average of $15,970 annually in 1980. Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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