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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 occupation and industry, 2000-2009

Prices in the United States, 2000-2009

PRICES for FOOD and FUEL, 2000s

PRICES for HOUSING and UTILITIES, 2000s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 2000s

PRICES for SERVICES, 2000s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 2000s

Buying power of past wages expressed in today's dollars

Quotable facts for the 2000-2009 decade

In the United States...

  • Minimum wage was $5.15 per hour in the year 2000. Source: U.S. Department of Labor
  • In 2000, the median home value was $119,600. Source: US Census Bureau
  • Coffee cost an average of $3.50  per pound in 2000. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (use drop-down box to select year)
  • Public 4-year universities charged an average of $9199 for tuition, fees, room & board for the 2001-2002 academic year. Source: U.S. Department of Education.
  • Prices of some popular cars in 2000:
    • $18,745 for a Ford Taurus. Source: J.D. Power
    • $20,490 for a Honda Accord. Source: J.D. Power
    • $30,255 for a Ford F-150. Source: J.D. Power
  • A gallon of gasoline cost an average of $1.51 in 2000. Source: Energy Information Administration
  • Earnings for some common occupations in 2000:
    • Carpenters earned an average of $35,100. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
    • Teachers earned an average of $41,807. Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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