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Wages and Cost of Living In Victorian England
Transcript of Wages and Cost of Living In Victorian England
-Wages and prices of goods increased and decreased at different rates and at different times, so while someone may have been making less money than before, his or her buying power may have actually increased
-The Victorian Era covers the years 1837-1901, a large amount of time Making a definitive statement about cost of living in Victorian England is difficult -In the mid-1860's, common laborers in Victorian England made about 3 shillings and 9 pence for a 10-hour day, 6-day week
-Bricklayers, smiths, masons and carpenters made about 6 shillings and 6 pence
-Farm hands and sailors made about 15 shillings
-Artisans made about 36 shillings
-Professional men were paid significantly higher, about 200-700 pounds a year Wages -The annual cost of living for a senior clerk in 1844 was about 150 pounds
-About 25 pounds of this was spent on rent, 5 pounds on taxes, and 7 pounds on a maid, which appears to have been very common for those who could afford it
-The annual cost of living for a typical, rising professional man with an annual income of about 700 pounds was about 487 pounds
-About 100 pounds of this was spent on rent and taxes, 42 pounds spent on two maids, and about 18 pounds on electric light, a true luxury for the time period Cost of Living In general, people of Victorian England had to work longer hours in jobs that more often required harsh manual labor than those today. Unsurprisingly, those with more professional jobs (those that required more education) lived better. Here's a video to brighten your day: A prezi by Jack Miller People had to work hard for little money, at least by today's standards.