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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1990-1999

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, 1990-1999

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by SEX
by RACE and SEX
by LOCATION
by OCCUPATION
in FOREIGN COUNTRIES

 

WAGES - GENERAL SOURCES (all occupations and worker types)

Earnings by race and sex, 1990-1999

EARNINGS by BOTH RACE AND SEX, 1990s

EARNINGS by SEX, 1990s

Wages by local area for selected occupations, 1990-1999

Most reports under the tabs above are a mix of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics National Compensation Surveys and Occupational Compensation Surveys.  The corresponding national and regional reports are below.

WAGES and SALARIES BY CITY IN ALASKA

SELECTED OCCUPATIONAL PAY IN ALASKA:

  • Air transportation jobs in Alaska, June 1990, July 1994.  Source: Occupational Compensation Survey.
  • Restaurants, fast food - wages in Alaska,1992

PAY BY CITY or METRO AREA IN CALIFORNIA:

PAY BY SELECTED OCCUPATIONS IN CALIFORNIA:

  • Fast food restaurant jobs - Pay in California
    • Kings County, 1990
    • Oxnard-Ventura, 1990, 1992
    • San Diego, 1990, 1992
    • San Jose, 1990, 1993
    • Solano County, 1991
  • Colorado Springs, CO, Metropolitan Area - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Denver, CO, Metropolitan Area - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Denver, CO - Occupational Compensation Survey: Temporary Help Supply Services
  • Pueblo, CO - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits

PAY BY CITY / METRO AREA IN FLORIDA:

PAY BY SELECTED OCCUPATIONS IN FLORIDA:

  • Fast food restaurant job pay in Florida:
    • Duval County, 1990
    • Orange County, 1990
    • Panama City, 1990
    • Santa Rose County, 1990
  • Honolulu, HI - National Compensation Survey
  • Honolulu, HI, Metropolitan Area - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay only
  • Boise City, ID - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay only -- Health Services
  • Cincinatti-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN - National Compensation Survey
  • Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Louisville, KY-IN - National Compensation Survey
  • Louisville, KY-IN, Metropolitan Area - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Louisville, KY-IN - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Central Nebraska - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Lincoln, NE - National Compensation Survey
  • Omaha, NE-IA - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Reno, NV - National Compensation Survey
  • Crook County, OR - National Compensation Survey
  • Eugene-Springfield-Medford-Roseburg-Klamath Falls-Grants Pass, OR - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Oregon - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay only -- Forestry and logging
  • Portland, OR, Metropolitan Area- Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay only
  • Portland, OR - Occupational Compensation Survey: Temporary Help Supply Services
  • Wasco County, OR - National Compensation Survey
  • Yakima-Richland-Kennewick-Pasco-Walla Walla-Pendleton, WA-OR - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay and benefits
  • Providence, RI - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay only

PAY BY CITY / METRO AREA IN TEXAS:

PAY BY SELECTED OCCUPATIONS IN TEXAS:

  • Fast food restaurant job pay:
  • Virgin Islands of the U.S. - Occupational Compensation Survey: Pay only

Wages by occupations and industries (A to Z), 1990-1999

The U.S. Department of Labor's annual Occupational Outlook Handbook is the best and most comprehensive source for occupational pay.  Select any year in the 1990s, then look up an occupation in the edition's table of contents.  Earnings are listed near the end of each chapter.  1990-1991, 1992-1993, 1994-1995, 1996-1997, 1998-1999.

  • Government - Congressional salaries, 1789-present 
  • Hospital jobs, 1991
    • Shows pay for medical and administrative positions by city.  Includes RNs, LPNs, physical therapists, EKG technicians, pharmacists, nurse anesthetists as well as medical records technicians, accountants, auditors, engineers, directors of personnel, attorneys, buyers, secretaries, typists, file clerks and many more hospital jobs. A companion volume listing all job titles and job descriptions is also available online.  Source: Occupational Wage Survey, 1991.
  • Information technology jobs - hourly wages in 1994 (source)
  • Lawyers' and judges' earnings, 1990-1991 
    Source: U.S. BLS Bulletin on social science and legal occupations.
  • Manufacturing industry jobs, 1954-2007
    Look for tables describing EARNINGS expressed in "current dollars." This source mostly covers jobs in manufacturing, industry and production. 
  • Meat packing jobs, 1990
    •  Includes earnings data for employees of the meat-packing and prepared meat products industries by selected characteristics and region.  Source: Industry wage survey, BLS Bulletin 2416.
  • Military pay charts, U.S., 1790s-present

International wages by country, 1990-1999

Prices in the United States, 1990-1999

PRICES for FOOD and DRINK, 1990s

PRICES for CLOTHING, 1990s

PRICES for MERCHANDISE, 1990s

PRICES for HOUSING and UTILITIES, 1990s

HEALTH PRICES, 1990s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1990s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 1990s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 1990s

MISCELLANEOUS PRICES, 1990s

Consumer income and expenditures, 1990-1999

Buying power of past wages expressed in today's dollars

Quotable facts for the 1990-1999 decade

In the United States...

  • Minimum wage was $3.80 per hour in 1990.  Source: U.S. Department of Labor
  • In 1990, the median home value was $79,100. Source: US Census Bureau
  • Milk cost an average of $1.42 per gallon in 1990. Source: USDA Economic Research Service
  • Eggs cost an average of $1.01 per dozen in 1990. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (use drop-down box to select year)
  • Coffee cost an average of $2.92 per pound in 1990. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (use drop-down box to select year)
  • Public 4-year universities charged an average of $5,243 for tuition, room & board for the 1990-1991 academic year. Source: U.S. Department of Education.
  • Prices of some popular cars in 1990:
    • $11,211 for a Ford F-150. Source: J.D. Power
    • $11,588 for a Toyota Camry. Source: J.D. Power 
    • $12,345 for a Honda Accord. Source: J.D. Power
    • $14,722 for a Ford Taurus. Source: J.D. Power 
    • $16,795 for a Ford Bronco. Source: J.D. Power
  • A gallon of gasoline cost an average of $1.00 in 1990. Source: Energy Information Administration
  • Teachers earned an average of $31,367 in 1990. Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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