US incomes through the years

Are you better off than your parents or grandparents were? American wages have been at a standstill for years -- although we have thankfully shed the 16-hour workdays of the late-1800s.

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Jul 30, 2013 8:25PM
Amazing how we as Americans will support Corporations which are having Year over Year over Year Record Earnings and Cash Hoards while screwing the everyday Workers. The Rich have never had it so Good and the Middle-Class is quickly becoming the Working Poor. They get to vote for their own Pay Scale, you get ZERO say in yours. They get to make 10 times what you make per each Board Seat that they hold in addition to another 400 times what you make by being the CEO. What do we get, stagnant and or lower wages over the last decade and reduced benefits.

Uncle Ben Printing Trillions each year so that the Rich and the Elite can keep buying various Mega Mansions, Luxury Yachts/Planes and paid Whores on the Weekend. We are seeing Zero of what Uncle Ben is printing other than the freaking massive Overdue Bill.

Jul 30, 2013 11:43PM

My first job was for $1.65 an hour at Sears in Camden NJ.  I was rich !! A tank of gas was $5.00 . My brand new NOVA with a 396 motor , positraction etc. was less than $5.000 soda , candy etc. was $0.10 I had no problems paying my bills.

Now I make almost 8X as much and life is hard financially.

Jul 30, 2013 8:07PM

I'VE been working for 30+ years and don't even earn half of what most earn !  $15  an hour has been  that way for more than  10 years !  too many companies don't care about their employess

cause they can always go  to other countries were cheep labors will work for almost nothing.!

It is greed   that is killing this once great nation---and unless something is done to stop this

America will join Rome in the history books and the almighty  dollar will be worthless !   gyy

Jul 30, 2013 9:43PM
This information would be better if it showed the cost of typical items for these years as well.  How much did the average new car cost, or a new home, a dozen eggs, an average college tuition?  It may seem as if we are earning more, but when you compare wages to the cost of living, we are slipping down a slope.  How many people earn a living wage, and how many are just barely getting by?
Jul 31, 2013 12:07AM
Wages, other than for the wealthy, have not risen since 1999 adjusted for inflation and yet inflation continued for over a decade reducing the buying power of the median wage earners.  Wages in the 50s and 60s were sufficient to raise families, buy homes and buy cars with only a single wage earner, while today, household wages are with 2 wage earners and still have less buying power that during that golden era.
Jul 30, 2013 11:11PM
See the pattern here? Everytime the American people wanted things to change they organized and forced that change! Time to get up off our lazy asses and get out on the streets! I think we're well past due to flex some muscle and set up that guillotine on the steps of congrss and the Wall Street Casino!
Jul 30, 2013 8:10PM
So, in other words, we are still being screwed.
Jul 31, 2013 7:26AM

I always enjoy to see how data can be an illusion. When you just look at the numbers.


The "key" illusion is Median Household income.  Before the 1970's most families had (1) income provider.  


If you looked at income/person I bet it would be a lot uglier.





Jul 31, 2013 7:46AM

We have been bought owned and paid for by the rich.

Soon there will only be the rich and poor, no middle class. 

Jul 30, 2013 10:35PM
when you depend on people doing the work so you can be a successful CEO and make millions then you might want to understand that without the workers who make the products and the customers needed to buy your products that you sell, you are nothing.  treating people with respect means that you care enough to make sure they have what they need to lead a decent prosperous life that makes sure you have both.  without either you will fail at some time, and your millions will fall by the wayside.
Jul 30, 2013 9:17PM
I think it's disgraceful Corporate America would rather turn our nation into the 4th rate nation it is merely for another $1.00.  That's OK though, let them fight their own damn wars and take Congress' kids with theirs.  Have fun and enjoy your profits.
Jul 30, 2013 10:13PM

I get sick of reading moronic statements about unions, by those that have no clue...

Many or most would be making minimum wage maybe 30% over....That's about $10.

No insurance, less vacations, less or no sick time, less holidays and little if any profit sharing such as 401s which are in part....And pensions, yeah right.

Jul 30, 2013 8:56PM
Jul 31, 2013 9:52AM
A lot of personal experiences being written:   When I was a kid in the 50's, gas was 19.9 cents per gallon (as a reference). My dad worked in a grocery store, my mother stayed home as most back then raising kids. We had a new car in the driveway, a nice boat and motor, a house, we vacationed every year and  played out side all day long.  You tell me what happened...? man -- those were good years.
Jul 31, 2013 8:45AM
I think the article missed a great point here, which is that not as many Americans are employed. I have read comments about incomes and cost of living and how it is was different through the years. I don't think it has to do with any of that, including whether the rich are getting richer, or the disparity between rich and poor. Nor does it have anything to do with where corporations build plants, or how they pay their workers. Doesn't even have anything to do with unions.

So what does it have to do with, why are the middle class disappearing? It has to do with people being uneducated when they vote, when they make purchases on credit, and when they pile their debt because of future earnings, and the banks grant lines of credit to candidates who can never repay such loans.

The cost of a home, a car, and education have skyrocketed. Ask yourself why a regular home is over 100k? Why does a car cost 20k? Why is the cost of education 45k (not even an elite university) ? Why? Because people will borrow instead of save. Why? Because to save would make these things out of reach for years, and. no one wants to wait that long.

Furthermore, why is the heaviest burden of taxes paid by the middle class? 

As a nation we have become complacent, and victims to the laws being passed, and have focused on wars, immigration reform, and healthcare. 

We have heard talk of improving the economy, has not happen, in fact, it has gotten worse. New laws make it harder to own your own business, and if you own one? Well, it is more difficult to maintain it because of new laws, and government restrictions. 

Until we demand better government, efficient government, and equal government all these things will not change. Congress can't pass one law without compromising our freedom as Americans. WAKE UP, this country is slowly declining, and heading for a financial crisis. Don't believe me? The middle class used to be the savers, and the investors, read the middle class is in debt, and disappearing.

This article state after you read it you may not feel so bad about your low wage job....brainwashing...WAKE UP!

Jul 31, 2013 12:26AM
what is sad in 1960 the compared wage is as good as a lot of people today that have a education and work 2 jobs ,1960 that is really sad

Jul 30, 2013 10:56PM

Man as only bread winner=candy bar .05 cents.

More women enter workforce=candy bar .15 cents.

Teenagers enter workforce=candy bar .50 cents.

You see it was better for just one breadwinner making the money, not three.

Jul 30, 2013 8:57PM

I need a time machine to go back to 1900 and live like a king.However, I like bathroom


Jul 30, 2013 10:04PM

Wages are hard to figure across the spectrum; Of those decades...


But some of the prices, particularly early in the 20th. century....I consider quite suspect.

I would haul farm fresh eggs into fellow employees in the late 60s early 70s for about .50 cents.

Close to what they sold for in the store, but bigger and better.

When first married in the mid-60s we were only paying .35 cents a dozen.

Same with bread in the late 50s early 60s.....15 cents, maybe sale around a dime,.12c.

Gas in that timeframe  20.9-22.9g...Gas wars down to 17.9-18.9 cents per gal.

Of course McDonalds .15 cents...And maybe specials of .10 each for a sack full.

But that was in the Midwest, back in the day.

Jul 30, 2013 10:13PM
forget working for others. just start your own business.
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