Butter priced at $3.18 in 1939 $62.25 in 2022

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Prices for Butter, 1939-2022 ($3.18)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for butter are 1,857.49% higher in 2022 versus 1939 (a $59.07 difference in value).

The current national average price is $3.18 for "Butter, salted, grade AA, stick, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1939 and 2022: Butter experienced an average inflation rate of 3.65% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, butter costing $3.18 in the year 1939 would cost $62.25 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.73% during this same period, inflation for butter was lower.

Price Inflation for Butter since 1939

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1946 (41.08%), 1998 (31.11%), and 2004 (29.15%).

Price history

The average price for Butter is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Butter, salted, grade AA, stick, per lb. (453.6 gm):

YearAverage price (Butter)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
2012$3.38$3.38
2011$3.60$3.35
2010$3.12$3.36
2009$2.84$3.37
2008$3.14$3.45
2007$3.03$3.49
2006$2.92$3.35
2005$3.28$3.49
2004$3.49$3.66
2003$2.81$3.81
2002$3.07$3.86
2001$3.30$3.77
2000$2.52$3.64
1999$2.65$3.57
1998$2.86$3.73
1997$2.17$3.70
1996$2.05$3.73
1995$1.61$3.68
1994$1.60$3.79
1993$1.66$3.75
1992$1.83$3.88
1991$1.94$3.96
1990$1.99$3.97
1989$2.13$3.98
1988$2.16$4.03
1987$2.17$4.04
1986$2.15$4.08
1985$2.12$4.04
1984$2.11$4.05
1983$2.06$4.07
1982$2.05$4.08
1981$1.99$4.06
1980$1.88$4.12

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Buying power of $3.18 since 1939

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Butter, over time, for $3.18 beginning in 1939. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1939$3.18-
1940$3.5411.29%
1941$4.0514.39%
1942$4.6615.16%
1943$5.1410.16%
1944$4.88-4.96%
1945$4.941.24%
1946$6.9741.08%
1947$7.9113.45%
1948$8.527.78%
1949$7.13-16.42%
1950$7.160.54%
1951$8.0412.26%
1952$8.404.49%
1953$7.80-7.14%
1954$7.15-8.36%
1955$7.01-1.98%
1956$7.172.29%
1957$7.393.01%
1958$7.38-0.09%
1959$7.491.46%
1960$7.45-0.45%
1961$7.612.13%
1962$7.50-1.46%
1963$7.49-0.18%
1964$7.561.01%
1965$7.681.61%
1966$8.368.80%
1967$8.592.76%
1968$8.660.79%
1969$8.771.27%
1970$8.982.38%
1971$9.091.24%
1972$9.05-0.45%
1973$9.515.12%
1974$9.813.12%
1975$10.678.82%
1976$13.1523.24%
1977$13.905.69%
1978$15.4110.87%
1979$17.4413.14%
1980$19.6012.38%
1981$21.097.64%
1982$21.572.27%
1983$21.821.17%
1984$22.362.43%
1985$22.601.08%
1986$22.660.30%
1987$23.071.79%
1988$23.00-0.31%
1989$23.010.03%
1990$21.59-6.18%
1991$21.00-2.71%
1992$20.26-3.55%
1993$19.02-6.10%
1994$18.17-4.48%
1995$18.783.38%
1996$23.5925.58%
1997$25.156.65%
1998$32.9831.11%
1999$31.95-3.12%
2000$29.78-6.79%
2001$37.6226.32%
2002$34.18-9.13%
2003$31.76-7.10%
2004$41.0129.15%
2005$40.46-1.35%
2006$37.52-7.28%
2007$37.41-0.28%
2008$39.054.39%
2009$36.25-7.17%
2010$40.0210.39%
2011$46.2115.45%
2012$42.98-6.97%
2013$43.491.18%
2014$49.8414.60%
2015$51.042.40%
2016$51.400.71%
2017$52.702.53%
2018$53.461.44%
2019$54.061.12%
2020$54.510.84%
2021$54.46-0.10%
2022$62.2514.30%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Butter:

Year193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI14.50816.14618.46921.26923.43122.26922.54631.80836.08538.89232.50832.68536.69238.33835.60032.62331.97732.70833.69233.66234.15434.00034.72334.21534.15434.50035.05438.13839.19239.50040.00040.95441.46241.27743.39244.74648.69260.00863.42370.31579.55489.40096.23198.41599.569101.992103.092103.400105.254104.931104.96298.47795.80892.40886.76982.88585.685107.600114.754150.454145.754135.862171.615155.954144.877187.115184.592171.162170.683178.170165.401182.593210.795196.102198.410227.375232.833234.484240.409243.882246.620248.691248.454283.986

Adjust butter prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1939 * 1939 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Butter was 14.508 in the year 1939 and 283.986 in 2022:

283.986 / 14.508 * $3.18 = $62.25

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $3.18 in 1939 has the same "purchasing power" as $62.25 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Butter).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Butter in 1939. In addition to butter, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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