The Average Salary in 1920


It's no secret that inflation causes prices and wages to rise. As of May 2012, the median annual wage in the United States was $34,750, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's about 10 times the annual salary for workers in 1920.

Wages in 1920

  • As is the case today, wage earners in the United States filed tax returns and paid federal tax on their wages. In 1920, the Internal Revenue Service reports, the average income was $3,269.40 per year. During that time, men filed the majority of tax returns, and the majority of people filing returns were employees of other companies -- as opposed to those owning or operating their own businesses.

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