Historical Statistics of the United States lists $696 as the average annual earning for a full-time manufacturing employee in 1914 (166); $7.50 a week adds up to only $390 for a yearly wage. Historical Statistics also provides average yearly prices for the following staples: bread (6.3 cents/pound); milk (17.8 cents/half gallon); sugar (29.5 cents/5 pound) (213).