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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

Earnings by race and sex, 1980-1989

EARNINGS by SEX, 1980s

EARNINGS by RACE, 1980s

EARNINGS by BOTH RACE AND SEX, 1980s

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

Wages for occupations by industry, 1980-1989

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

Wages in Foreign Countries, 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 and UTILITIES, 1980s

HEALTH PRICES, 1980s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1980s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 1980s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 1980s

MISCELLANEOUS PRICES, 1980s

Consumer expenditures, 1980-1989

Prices in Foreign Countries, 1980-1989

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

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