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Here's what you could get with your paycheck a century ago

Espresso Logo By Erin Daley of Espresso | Slide 1 of 21: A hundred years ago everything cost a lot less than it does today—but remember, your paycheck was also a lot smaller. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in 2017 was just over US$61,000. In 1919, the average was about $3,700 (keep in mind, however, that during that time, men filed most of the tax returns). In today’s numbers, that would amount to roughly $54,500 a year.
Here’s a look at what you could buy with your earnings a century ago. All figures are in American dollars.

Average household income was about $3,700 in 1919

A hundred years ago everything cost a lot less than it does today — but remember, your paycheck was also a lot smaller. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in 2017 was just over $61,000. In 1919, the average was about $3,700 (keep in mind, however, that during that time, men filed most of the tax returns). In today’s numbers, that would amount to roughly $54,500 a year.

Click ahead for a look at what you could buy with your earnings a century ago. 

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