According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.79% per year. Prices in 2017 are 169.3% higher than prices in 1981.
In other words, $13.82 in the year 1981 is equivalent in purchasing power to $37.22 in 2017, a difference of $23.40 over 36 years.
The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.
|Cumulative price change||169.32%|
|Average inflation rate||2.79%|
|Price difference ($13.82 base)||$23.40|
|CPI in 1981||90.9|
|CPI in 2017||244.786|
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Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.
You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “$13.82 in 1981 → 2017 | Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 May. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1981-dollars-in-2017?amount=13.82.