Prices & Wages by Decade
Compiled and maintained by the University of Missouri Columbia Libraries. The site links to data tables in historic U. S. government documents showing wages for common occupations and retail prices for typical consumer purchases. It may include prices for foods, medicine, articles of clothing, household items, physical goods and common services, or major purchases such as house, car, or college education. Links within the site primarily go to federal or state agency publications, but may go to other primary sources when government data is unavailable.