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Prices and Wages by Decade: 2010-2019

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, 2010-2019

Prices in the United States, 2010-2019

PRICES for FOOD and FUEL, 2010s

PRICES for HOUSING and REAL ESTATE, 2010s

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 2010s

COST of a COLLEGE EDUCATION, 2010s

PRICES for SERVICES, 2010s

Consumer expenditures, 2010-2019

Buying power of historic wages expressed in today's dollars

Quotable facts for the 2010-2019 decade

In the United States...

  • For the entire 2010s, minimum wage was $7.25 per hour. Source: U.S. Department of Labor
  • The median home value was $179,900 in 2010. Source: US Census Bureau
  • Gasoline cost an average of $2.79 per gallon in 2010. Source: Energy Information Administration
  • Coffee cost an average of $3.85 per pound in July 2010. Source: U.S. BLS (use drop-down box to select year)
  • Public 4-year universities charged an average of $17,722 for tuition, fees, room & board for the 2010-2011 academic year. Source: U.S. Department of Education.
  • Prices of the most popular cars in 2010:
    • The 2010 Toyota Camry was priced at $19,395 to $29,045. Source: Carfax
    • The Ford F-150 was priced at $21,380 to $46,500. Source: Carfax
    • The Honda Accord was priced at $21,055 to $31,305. Source: Carfax
  • OCCUPATIONAL EARNINGS:
    • Carpenters earned a mean annual wage of $43,890 in 2010. Source: US BLS
    • Teachers earned an average of $55,202 in 2010. Source: National Center for Education Statistics
    • Engineers' average salaries in 2010.  Source: U.S. BLS (see page 9 of the linked PDF) 
      • $84,780 in biomedical engineering 
      • $94,590 in chemical engineering 
      • $82,280 in civil engineering

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