Chart from the U.S. Dept of Labor shows the first federal minimum wage law enacted in 1938 (25 cents), and all subsequent increases through 2009. Some states set minimum wage higher than the federal level.
Shows the minimum wage rates set by state laws. For further detail, consult annual articles titled "State labor legislation enacted in [year]" from the U.S. Dept of Labor's Monthly Labor Review. Click for direct links to articles for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Chart shows average annual and weekly wages per employee, across all industries, for each year from 2000-2008. For details on how this data was defined and collected, see this section of the BLS 2008 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages website. This data is also available as a downloadable Excel file from the 2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States (source)
Rankings of full-time occupations by earnings - 2000, 2004, 2005, 2009
These articles rank over 400 full-time occupations by earnings from high to low:
This article looks at 2001 employment and wage data using the North American
Industry Classification System data; tables 1 (p.23), 2 (p.25), 3 (pp.26-28), and 4 (pp.29-30) all show average weekly wages by industry in March (source).
Select any year from 1954-2007; tables of contents will appear for each issue. Look for tables describing EARNINGS expressed in "current dollars." Mostly covers jobs in manufacturing, industry and production. Note that earnings data for states and major cities are also available in these reports.
Table 1 on pages 3-16 of this article show mean hourly earnings of full-time workers in over 400 occupations for June 2005 as reported in the 2006 National Compensation Survey, the full version of which can be found above (source).
Historical chart shows salaries of members of the U.S. Congress, along with dates of enactment and statutory authority for each pay increase.
Consumer Income Reports, 1944-2018
IMPORTANT: wages can be only one part of overall income. Wages alone do not necessarily equate to a person's total income. If income works for your purposes, you can find income tables in the Census Bureau's Current Population Reports P-60 series, "Consumer Income."
This series, which presents data on families, individuals, and households at various income levels, includes a number of annual sub-series as well as individual and advanced data reports.
Click 'more...' below for reports containing 2000s income data.
This article investigates the education, employment, and outmigration of Alaska's youth; tables 5-10 on pages 19-22 show average earnings of Alaskan youth in 2000 and 2002 by industry, education, training, occupation and sex (source).
This table, from an article examining the effects of Hurricane Katrina on employment and wages, show average weekly wages for third and fourth quarter 2004-2005 in select Louisiana parishes. Table 10 (p.35) includes industry-level for Orleans and Jefferson parishes (source).
This article reports on the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the New Orleans economy; it includes tables showing average weekly wages by industry for 2000, 2004, 2005, and the first and second quarters of 2006 (source).
This table, from an article examining the effects of Hurricane Katrina on employment and wages, show average weekly wages for third and fourth quarter 2004-2005 in select Mississippi counties. Table 10 (p.35) includes industry-level for Harrison county (source).
This article reports on the earnings of janitors in 2000; tables 1 to 4 (pp.6-7) show mean hourly wages by geographic area, metropolitan vs. nonmetropolitan areas, selected localities, and level of work (source).
See table 1 on page 6 of this article for average hourly earnings of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses in 2003 by profit and nonprofit private hospitals and in state and local government (source).
To get average prices of common items purchased by consumers including various meats, breads, dairy products, gasoline, electricity per KwH, etc., find “Average Price Data” > Select how you want to display your search options (One Screen recommended) > Follow the instructions on the screen. Dates in this set can vary, but can go back as far 1947.
PRICES for FOOD, 2000s
See tabs above for additional price categories
Average Retail Food and Energy Prices, 1980-2018
Prices for meats, fruits, vegetables, bread, eggs, milk and more foods, as well as gasoline, electricity, natural gas and other residential energy. To view data back to 1980, click the green "Historical Data" icon in the rows, then use drop-down boxes near the top of the page to set start and end years.
Gross rent is defined as "the monthly amount of rent plus the estimated average monthly cost of utilities (electricity, gas, water and sewer) and fuels (oil, coal, kerosene, wood, etc.). This source shows data by state and for the U.S. as a whole. Source: U.S. Census of Housing, choose unadjusted figures. Table displays best in Chrome.
For those who want a simple figure which does not take into account number of rooms, square footage or home location, this U.S. Census Bureau chart shows the average and median selling price of only NEW homes (not older homes), reported monthly back to January 1963. For greater detail on sales of newly built homes up through 1985, see the Census Bureau's Construction Reports series "Sales of New One Family Homes"
Shows average value per acre (statewide) for farm real estate including both land and buildings. Table shows price per acre for each year from 1912 to 2019. Compares the figures to the average for all other states.
Manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) for cars and trucks are available through the NADA website. Choose a make, year, and body type. Select a car then enter any zip code. Click "Get Base Values" to see the original suggested retail price.
Students spent an average of $898 per year on textbooks in 2003-2004. See page 4 of the report Ripoff 101: How the Current Practices of the Textbook Industry Drives up the Cost of Textbooks. This report was quoted in the 2004 congressional hearing Are College Textbooks Priced Fairly? In contrast, college students spent around $30 annually for textbooks in 1932 (source).
Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars
This calculator allows you to compare the buying power of wages earned at different points in history. For example, a dollar earned in 2016 had the same buying power as 4 cents in 1913. Conversely, a dollar earned in 1913 had the same buying power as $24.24 in the year 2016.