Postage and delivery services priced at $20 in 2004 $36.31 in 2022

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Prices for Postage And Delivery Services, 2004-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for postage and delivery services are 81.57% higher in 2022 versus 2004 (a $16.31 difference in value).

Between 2004 and 2022: Postage and delivery services experienced an average inflation rate of 3.37% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, postage and delivery services costing $20 in the year 2004 would cost $36.31 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.42% during this same period, inflation for postage and delivery services was higher.

In the year 2004: Pricing changed by 0.38%, which is below the average yearly change for postage and delivery services during the 2004-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2004 (2.68%), inflation for postage and delivery services was lower.

Price Inflation for Postage and delivery services since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2013 (6.06%), 2002 (5.92%), and 2006 (5.35%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 2004

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Postage and delivery services, over time, for $20 beginning in 2004. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2004$20.000.38%
2005$20.060.29%
2006$21.135.35%
2007$21.722.77%
2008$22.624.14%
2009$23.564.18%
2010$24.353.37%
2011$25.404.28%
2012$26.323.64%
2013$27.926.06%
2014$29.074.12%
2015$29.140.26%
2016$29.310.58%
2017$30.092.67%
2018$30.872.57%
2019$32.515.31%
2020$33.834.07%
2021$35.244.18%
2022$36.313.03%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Postage and delivery services:

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.000100.085103.085103.192107.315113.669119.369119.823120.169126.592130.103135.492141.154145.909152.161157.702167.261174.154174.602175.610180.295184.936194.763202.691211.158217.557

Adjust postage and delivery services prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2004 * 2004 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Postage and delivery services was 119.823 in the year 2004 and 217.557 in 2022:

217.557 / 119.823 * $20 = $36.31

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2004 has the same "purchasing power" as $36.31 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Postage and delivery services).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Postage and delivery services in 1997. In addition to postage and delivery services, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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