Salad dressing priced at $20 in 1998 $25.80 in 2020

Salad Dressing Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Salad Dressing, 1998-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for salad dressing were 29.01% higher in 2020 versus 1998 (a $5.80 difference in value).

Between 1998 and 2020: Salad dressing experienced an average inflation rate of 1.16% per year. In other words, salad dressing costing $20 in the year 1998 would cost $25.80 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.11% during this same period, inflation for salad dressing was lower.

Price Inflation for Salad dressing since 1998

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2008 (7.49%), 2011 (6.67%), and 2009 (5.19%).

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

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 100.992 103.425 104.233 106.642 107.858 109.092 109.558 107.283 109.042 110.804 119.104 125.284 125.863 134.262 137.535 134.950 131.543 130.941 129.717 129.015 128.257 128.558 130.286

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Buying power of $20 since 1998

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Salad dressing, over time, for $20 beginning in 1998. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1998 $20.00 -
1999 $20.48 2.41%
2000 $20.64 0.78%
2001 $21.12 2.31%
2002 $21.36 1.14%
2003 $21.60 1.14%
2004 $21.70 0.43%
2005 $21.25 -2.08%
2006 $21.59 1.64%
2007 $21.94 1.62%
2008 $23.59 7.49%
2009 $24.81 5.19%
2010 $24.93 0.46%
2011 $26.59 6.67%
2012 $27.24 2.44%
2013 $26.72 -1.88%
2014 $26.05 -2.52%
2015 $25.93 -0.46%
2016 $25.69 -0.94%
2017 $25.55 -0.54%
2018 $25.40 -0.59%
2019 $25.46 0.24%
2020 $25.80 1.34%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for salad dressing, 1998-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1998 * 1998 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Salad dressing was 100.992 in the year 1998 and 130.286 in 2020:

130.286 / 100.992 * $20 = $25.80

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1998 has the same "purchasing power" as $25.80 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Salad dressing).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Salad dressing in 1998. In addition to salad dressing, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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