Taking the Census: Paying the Census Takers

In The Preliminary Report on the Eighth Census (1860), Joseph C. G. Kennedy, Superintendent of Census, reported that 64 marshals supervised the census counts in the judicial districts. A total of 4,417 assistants were hired to count people and “collect the statistics required by law.” The payroll cost for these employees was $1,045,206.75. That’s an average pay of $234 per person for the total amount of time worked collecting the census data. That is about what a Census Enumerator will make in 2010 working 20 hours for one week.

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