Rates of Pay in 1650 and 1750 Livres and in 1997 Dollars


Livres: Wages per 10Hr. Day

Livres: Wages per 300Day, 3000/Hr Work Year

Dollars: Wages per 2000 Hr/Work Year


YEAR

1650

1750

1650

1750

1997

Unskilled Labor

1

2

300

600

$15,000

Skilled Labor

3

6

900

1800

$40,000

Low Rank Official

2

4

600

1200

$30,000

High Rank Official

8

12

2400

3600

$80,000

Governor

12,000

12,000

$200,000

COMMODITY VALUES IN 1650 AND 1750 EXPRESSED IN SOLS & LIVRES


COMMODITY

PRICES


1 Wheat Bread, 4 lbs

4 Sols

8 Sols

1 lb. Butter

12 Sols

20 Sols

1 lb. Beef

2 Sols

4 Sols

1 lb. Wheat Flour

2 Sols

4 Sols

1 Capon

1 Livre

2 Livres

1 Minot Wheat (60 lbs)

4 Livres

8 Livres

1 Minot Peas

4 Livres

8 Livres

1 Minot Corn

4 Livres

8 Livres

1 Gallon of Wine

1 Livre

1 Livre *

1 Hogshead of Wine = 63 US Gallons

50 Livres

50 Livres*

1 Gallon Hard Liquor

2 Livres

3 Livres

1000 Bd. Ft. Finished Lumber

40 Livres

60 Livres

1 Sow

20 Livres

40 Livres

1 Cow

50 Livres

100 Livres

1 Ox (78 Yrs. Old)

100 Livres

200 Livres

1 Horse

NA in 1650

250 Livres

1 Cord Wood

1 Livre

2 Livres

1 Church Pew (rental /year)

20 Livres

30 Livres

Farmland, raw, uncleared

Worthless

Worthless

Farmland, 20 Arpents, Cleared

500 Livres

1000 Livres

Farmland, 20 Arpents, Cleared, plus a cabin and barn

1000 Livres

2000 Livres

Farmland, 40 Arpents, Cleared, plus cabin, barn & stable

4000 Livres

6000 Livres

· Note that the price of wine remained the same throughout the 100 years of the survey. Vive le vin!
