Jobs, Income and Cost of Living

These figures are based on European, specifically English, averages.   Labor in the New World was often more expensive, especially in places like Port Royal where inflation drove up the price of everything.

INCOME

Job Daily Wage Monthly Wage Notes
Construction Laborer

6d

 

150d (12s 6d)

 

Dock Laborer

5d

 

125d (10s 5d)

 

Farm Laborer

4d

 

100d (8s 4d)

 

Plus food
Mill Laborer

8d

 

200d (16s 8d)

 

Child Labor = ½ adult rate

 

 

Job Daily Wage Monthly Wage Notes
ARMY SERVICE

Lost equipment and ruined uniforms are charged extra against the soldier

 

Regular Infantry, Private

8d

 

200d (16s 8d)

 

Minus 24d (2s) per month Food & Equip
Guard Infantry, Private

10d

 

250d (20s 10d)

 

Minus 24d (2s) per month Food & Equip
Regular Infantry, Corporal

1s

 

25s

 

Minus 30d (2s 6d) per month Food & Equip
Guard Infantry, Corporal

1s 2d

 

27s 4d

 

Minus 30d (2s 6d) per month Food & Equip
Regular Infantry, Sergeant

1s 6d

 

37s 5d

 

Minus 36d (3s) per month Food & Equip
Guard Infantry, Sergeant

1s 10d

 

45s 8d

 

Minus 36d (3s) per month Food & Equip
Job Daily Wage Monthly Wage Notes
MERCHANT MARINE

Food is included in pay

 

Landsman (First Voyage) 

5d

 

125d (10s 5d)

 

Ordinary Seaman

6d

 

150d (12s 6d)

 

Able Seaman

8d

 

200d (16s 8d)

 

Carpenter’s Mate

1s

 

25s

 

Gunner’s Mate

1s 2d

 

27s 4d

 

Bosun’s Mate

1s 3d

 

31s 4d

 

Master’s Mate

1s 6d

 

37s 5d

 

1st Mate

1s 6d

 

37s 5d

 

Cook

1s

 

25s

 

Carpenter

1s 8d

 

41s 8d

 

Gunner

1s 10d

 

45s 10d

 

Bosun

2s

 

50s

 

Surgeon

2s

 

50s

 

Sailing Master

3s

 

75s

 

Captain

4s

 

100s

 

If under contract

Average of 25 working days in a month 1d (Pence) = $0.40 12d = 1s = $4.80

65 Days off per year = Sabbath(52,) Christmas, Royal Holidays, Sick days, inclement weather, etc

Cost of Living

Job/Class Cost of Food per person per month Cost of Lodging per person per month Miscellaneous Expenses per month Cost of Living per Month
Tithes, taxes, clothing, fees, medicine, etc
Construction Laborer

30d (2s 6d)

 

30d (2s 6d)

 

8d

 

68d (5s 8d)

 

Dock Laborer

30d (2s 6d)

 

30d (2s 6d)

 

8d

 

68d (5s 8d)

 

Farm Laborer

 

20d (1s 8d)

 

6d

 

26d (2s 2d) The countryside is a cheaper place to live workers can bring food home. 2 meals are usually included.

 

Mill Laborer

30d (2s 6d)

 

30d (2s 6d)

 

8d

 

68d (5s 8d)

 

Dependents Young children, old, sick etc 

15d (1s 3d)

 

20d (1s 8d)

 

8d

 

43d (3s 6d)