$78,750 in 2008 is worth $100,298.55 today

Value of $78,750 from 2008 to 2020

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 27.36% higher than average prices since 2008. The Australian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.04% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $78,750 in 2008 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $100,298.55 in 2020, a difference of $21,548.55 over 12 years.

The 2008 inflation rate was 4.44%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 1.90%1. If this number holds, $78,750 today will be equivalent in buying power to $80,246.25 next year.


Inflation from 2008 to 2020
Cumulative price change 27.36%
Average inflation rate 2.04%
Converted amount ($78,750 base) $100,298.55
Price difference ($78,750 base) $21,548.55
CPI in 2008 91.800
CPI in 2020 116.919
Inflation in 2008 4.44%
Inflation in 2020 1.90%

AUD Inflation since 1922
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $78,750 in 2008

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $78,750 in 2008 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with $78,750, you would need to end with $100,298.55 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $78,750 is equivalent to $100,298.55 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Australian dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 2008 dollars, the chart below shows how $78,750 is worth less over 12 years.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, each of these AUD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Dollar inflation: 2008-2020
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
2008 $78,750.00 4.44%
2009 $80,122.55 1.74%
2010 $82,438.73 2.89%
2011 $85,183.82 3.33%
2012 $86,642.16 1.71%
2013 $88,786.76 2.48%
2014 $91,017.16 2.51%
2015 $92,389.71 1.51%
2016 $93,590.69 1.30%
2017 $95,392.16 1.92%
2018 $96,593.14 1.26%
2019 $98,428.41 1.90%
2020 $100,298.55 1.90%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 2008 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 27.36% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar today
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 2008 $1.27 dollars today
$5 dollars in 2008 $6.37 dollars today
$10 dollars in 2008 $12.74 dollars today
$50 dollars in 2008 $63.68 dollars today
$100 dollars in 2008 $127.36 dollars today
$500 dollars in 2008 $636.82 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 2008 $1,273.63 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 2008 $6,368.16 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 2008 $12,736.32 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 2008 $63,681.62 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 2008 $127,363.23 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 2008 $636,816.17 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 2008 $1,273,632.34 dollars today

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $78,750 since 2008

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 2008 and today:

CPI today CPI in 2008
×
2008 AUD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 91.8 in the year 2008 and 116.91944859999998 in 2020:

116.9194485999999891.8
×
$78,750
=
$100,298.55

$78,750 in 2008 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $100,298.55 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 12 years between 2008 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 2008CPI in 2008
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (12 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

116.91944859999998 - 91.891.8
×
100
=
27%

News headlines from 2008

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Black Monday: stock markets crash all over the globe, resulting in enormous drops in global stock markets and halts in trading.
  • Fidel Castro retires as Cuban President due to ill health, after nearly 50 years in power.
  • Barak Obama becomes the first African American to receive the presidential nomination of his party.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Australia's annual (CPI) as provided by the Reserve Bank of Australia. The consumer price index was established in 1922 and is tracked by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$78,750 in 2008 → 2020 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Oct. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/australia/inflation/2008?amount=78750.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 2008 to 2020
Cumulative price change 27.36%
Average inflation rate 2.04%
Converted amount ($78,750 base) $100,298.55
Price difference ($78,750 base) $21,548.55
CPI in 2008 91.800
CPI in 2020 116.919
Inflation in 2008 4.44%
Inflation in 2020 1.90%