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Average Wage for Women in 1860

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1 Average Wage for Women in 1860 on Mon May 31, 2010 1:10 pm

ran across an old email posting:

Street sellers - 62 cents to $1 per week

Lady clerks in stores $3 to $8 per week - must dress well; small dry goods stores $3, working from 7 am until 9:30 pm, m-sat. Learners are not paid for one month, bring your own lunch and eat on the job, beginners start at $1 per week and work up

Unskilled beginners work at $1 to $3 per week, if you are being taught a skill you might work from 1-3 months with no pay at all before getting a permanent job

a job requiring literacy/skills/nice clothing might start at $3 per week and work up.

(info provided by Vicki Betts; email dated 5/11/1998)
book source unknown (not posted in email)

Probably Virginia Penny's The Employments of Women: A Cyclopaedia of Woman's Work, published 1863 and available on Google Books.

Vicki Betts

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