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Prices and Wages by Decade: 2000-2009

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, 2000-2009

Wages by location for selected occupations, 2000-2009

Wages by Occupations and Industries, 2000-2009

Wages in Foreign Countries, 2000-2009

Prices in the United States, 2000-2009

PRICES for FOOD, 2000s

PRICES for HOUSING and UTILITIES, 2000s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 2000s

PRICES for SERVICES, 2000s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 2000s

PRICES for COMMON ITEMS, 2000s

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Quotable facts for the 2000-2009 decade

In the United States...

  • In 2000, minimum wage was $5.15 per hour. Source: U.S. Department of Labor
  • In 2000, milk cost an average of $2.78 per gallon. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 2000, eggs cost an average of $0.91 per dozen. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 2000, sugar cost an average of $0.437 per pound. Source: U.S. BLS 
  • In 2000, flour cost an average of $0.286 per pound. Source: U.S. BLS
  • Cost of the most popular cars in 2000:
    • In 2000, the cost of a Honda Accord was $20,490. Source: J.D. Power
    • In 2000, the cost of a Ford F-150 was $30,255. Source: J.D. Power
    • In 2000, the cost of a Ford Taurus was $18,745. Source: J.D. Power
  • In 2000, the average cost of a gallon of gasoline was $1.51. Source: Energy Information Administration
  • In 2000, the average cost of a domestic plane ticket was $508. Source: U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics 
  • In 2000, the median cost of a home in the US was $119,600. Source: US Census Bureau
  • In 2000, carpenters earned $35,100 annually. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 2000, engineers with a college degree made an average of $56,532 annually. Source: U.S. BLS
  • In 2000, teachers earned an average annual income of $41,807. Source: National Center for Education Statistics
  • In 2003, licensed practical nurses earned an average of $15.82 per hour. Source: U.S. BLS

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