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Jobs and 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)