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The Historical Labour Database (HILD)

The Historical Labour Database (HILD), comprises the most relevant Swedish wage statistics for the years 1865-1990.

The aims of compiling historical wage data in one database are:

  • To stimulate historical labour market research concerning wages.
  • To encourage and facilitate for students to write essays and dissertations about labour market conditions during the industrial era.
  • To provide information to the general public about the level of income of various wage categories.

The HILD project has been enabled through financial support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the University of Gothenburg.

HILD contains tables and digitalized wage data (Excel files, with labels in Swedish only) together with the original tables as scanned images (PDF files). The statistics are divided according to ’economic sector/industry', ’county/city’, ’occupation/employment category’ and ’gender’. When using information from HILD we appreciate if you make a reference to the Historical Labour Database, University of Gothenburg. 

Have you got views about HILD or tips about wage statistics that we haven’t found? Do you know of older references containing wage information? Have you found any errors in the digitalized tables? If so, please get in touch!


Christer Lundh
Phone: +46 31 786 4730

Svante Prado
Phone: +46 31 786 4748

Statare 1904
Photo: Karl Sandels. Källa: Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek


The tables contain average wages for workers in agriculture, workers in the industrial sector  and white collar workers in the private sector according to the official Swedish statistics. Further divisions are made into industry, gender, age (underage), worker category/occupation and county/cities.

Digitalized values are available in Excel files (lables are in Swedish only); images of the original tables for verification purposes are available in PDF format.

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