# Salaries in the USSR and now. Compare!

Friends, but a very interesting question - when could an ordinary citizen afford to buy more goods, now or in the USSR? The question is far from idle, because in numerous blog forums, fans of the Union claim that

**the USSR**Rich people lived with high wages, for which it was possible to buy almost half a store of goods.

Of course, this is not true - and this is easily refuted by mathematics. In today's post, we will compare the average Soviet patch with the average modern one and calculate what and how much you could buy on them. Come under the cat, it's interesting there, and

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So let's count. The average salary in the USSR was about 120-150 rubles. Fans of the USSR like to talk about 500, 600 and even 1000 rubles of salary, but a very limited group of party officials received such money (the minister’s salary was 800 rubles), 90% of the population had an average salary in the region of 120-150 rubles — someone received 250, someone 80.The minimum wage in the USSR was 70 rubles - it was received by various unqualified employees, such as cleaners.

Now let's calculate what a Soviet person could buy for his average salary, we’ll take 130 rubles for a single figure. Below I will list Soviet goods and their cost, and to the right I will indicate how much you could buy them for an average salary.

**Products:**

Cooked sausage, 2.2 rubles ................................. you could buy 59 kg.

Smoked sausage, 4,5 rub ................................ you could buy 29 kg.

Meat (pork or beef), 2.3 rubles ............ you could buy 56.5 kg.

Meat (fresh tenderloin on the market), 4.5 rubles ....... you could buy 29 kg.

Ten eggs, 1.3 rubles .......................................... you can had to buy 100 dozen.

A bottle of vodka 2.87 rub ..................................... you could buy 45 bottles.

A kilogram of rice, 0.9 rubles ................................... you could buy 144 kg.

Lunch in the dining room, 1 rub ...................................... it was possible to buy 130 meals.

Hike to a restaurant (modest), 10 rubles ............... you could go 13 times.

**Other goods:**

Vacuum cleaner "Typhoon", 45 rubles ................................. salary was enough for 2.8 vacuum cleaners.

Airplane Moscow - Alma-Ata, 48 rubles ......... salary was enough for 2.7 tickets.

Flight ticket Moscow - Bratsk, 72 rubles ................ salary was enough for 1.9 air tickets.

Women's boots on sinte. fur, 82 rubles ........... salary was enough for 1.5 pairs of boots.

Jeans "Montana", about 200 rubles .................... salary was enough for 0.65 pairs of jeans.

Women's coat, 110 rubles ................................... salary was enough for 1 coat and 20 rubles remained.

Recorder "Dnepr-12", 147 rubles ...................... salary was enough for 0.8 tape recorder.

Crystal chandelier, 230 rubles ............................ chandelier cost almost 2 average salaries.

Refrigerator "Minsk-16", 390 rubles ..................... the refrigerator cost 3 average salaries.

Color TV "Youth", 430 rubles .............. the TV cost almost 4 average salaries.

**Expensive purchases:**

Tour to Bulgaria, 600 rubles ...................... The trip cost almost 5 average salaries.

Motorcycle "Java" -250, 650 rubles ............................ motorcycle cost exactly 5 average salaries.

Refrigerator "Rozenlew", 800 rubles ..................... a refrigerator cost more than 6 average salaries.

The car "Moskvich-412", 5000 rubles ............... at the "Moskvich" it was necessary to postpone 38 salaries.

The car "VAZ-21011", 6000 rubles .................. on the "penny" had to be postponed 46 salaries.

The car "VAZ-2103", 7500 rubles .................... on the "Three" it was necessary to postpone 57 salaries.

As you can see, everything was far from being as rosy as the fans of the USSR want to show, especially with regard to everything that went beyond the limits of food. And now let's compare this with current prices. The average salary in Russia and Belarus is now about $ 500. What can you buy on them now?

**Products:**

A kilogram of boiled sausage costs $ 2.2 .............. you can buy 227 kg (and not 59, as in the USSR).

A kilogram of smoked sausage costs $ 6 ....... you can buy 83 kg (and not 29, as in the USSR).

Fresh meat costs about $ 7 per kg ....................... you can buy 70 kg (and not 56, as in the USSR).

A dozen eggs cost a little more than $ 1 ....................... you can buy 450 dozen (and not 100, as in the USSR).

A kilogram of rice costs about $ 0.8 .................. you can buy as much as 625 kg (and not 144 kg, as in the USSR).

A good lunch in a cafe costs $ 4 ............................. you can buy 125 dinners (here it remains in the USSR, but the quality does not compare ).

**Other purchases:**

For $ 500 you can buy a cool TV ............. this is one average salary, and in the USSR it was 4 salaries.

Very good jeans are now worth $ 100 ......... you can buy 5 pairs, and in the USSR you could buy 0.65 pairs.

Women's boots can be bought for $ 100 ................. you can buy 5 pairs, and in the USSR there was enough salary for 1.5 pairs.

Chandelier costs from $ 100 ............................................. you can buy 3-5 pieces, in the USSR a chandelier cost 2 salaries.

An excellent refrigerator costs $ 500 now .......... for a salary it can be bought, in the USSR a refrigerator cost 3 salaries.

A trip to Bulgaria will cost $ 500 ............ this is just one average salary now; in the USSR, a ticket cost 5 salaries.

I will not even write about cars and the rest - let's just convert their cost in the USSR to modern money. "Penny" cost 46 average salaries - now it is $ 23,000. "Three" cost 57 salaries - now it is $ 28,500.Now for that kind of money you can buy very good cars, and something simpler, like the brand new "FW Polo" can be bought in the salon 2 times cheaper - for $ 13-15 thousand, and without a queue and "permits" - through which everyone had to go who bought the car in the USSR.

In general, as you can see, the people in the USSR lived much poorer than they do now, not even in figurative, but in absolute numerical terms — you could buy much less goods for an average salary than today. At the same time, keep in mind that for the average salary we took a fairly high figure of 130 rubles, while a lot of people lived for 70-100 rubles of salary. And this I still do not even mention the deficit - many products from the list in the USSR could not just come in and buy at the store, this required additional time and often financial costs.

Write in the comments what you think about this. You live richer now or in

**the USSR**It was better?

Interesting.