Hot dogs priced at $5 in 1951 $41.23 in 2022

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Prices for Hot Dogs, 1951-2022 ($5)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for frankfurters are 724.67% higher in 2022 versus 1951 (a $36.23 difference in value).

The current national average price is $5.22 for "Frankfurters, all meat or all beef, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1951 and 2022: Hot dogs experienced an average inflation rate of 3.02% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, hot dogs costing $5 in the year 1951 would cost $41.23 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.47% during this same period, inflation for hot dogs was lower.

Price Inflation for Frankfurters since 1951

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1973 (30.12%), 1978 (24%), and 1979 (17.59%).

Price history

The average price for Hot dogs is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Frankfurters, all meat or all beef, per lb. (453.6 gm):

YearAverage price (Hot dogs)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
2022$5.22 (latest available value)$5.22
2021$4.01$4.39
2020$3.54$3.91
2019$3.10$3.69
2018$2.92$3.52
2017$2.85$3.48
2016$3.24$3.98
2015$3.57$4.29
2014$2.27$2.91
2013$2.27$3.03
2012$2.27$3.03
2011$2.27$3.11
2010$2.27$3.32
2009$2.27$3.32
2008$2.27$3.38
2007$2.27$3.50
2006$2.27$3.65
2005$2.27$3.71
2004$2.27$3.72
2003$2.27$3.77
2002$2.27$3.99
2001$2.27$4.04
2000$2.27$4.22
1999$2.27$4.31
1998$2.27$4.34
1997$2.27$4.32
1996$2.08$4.05
1995$2.03$4.04
1994$2.11$4.25
1993$2.11$4.39
1992$2.24$4.72
1991$2.35$4.90
1990$2.29$4.90
1989$2.06$4.92
1988$2.02$4.97
1987$1.99$5.03
1986$1.93$5.24
1985$1.81$5.03
1984$1.80$4.99
1983$1.81$5.02
1982$1.82$5.00
1981$1.77$5.07
1980$1.72$5.15

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Buying power of $5.00 since 1951

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Hot dogs, over time, for $5 beginning in 1951. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1951$5.00-
1952$4.92-1.51%
1953$4.48-8.98%
1954$4.29-4.27%
1955$4.11-4.17%
1956$4.03-2.03%
1957$4.399.10%
1958$5.0214.16%
1959$4.97-1.03%
1960$4.84-2.47%
1961$4.921.61%
1962$4.940.40%
1963$4.93-0.16%
1964$4.89-0.81%
1965$5.216.47%
1966$5.699.28%
1967$5.60-1.55%
1968$5.620.22%
1969$6.108.67%
1970$6.516.68%
1971$6.44-1.04%
1972$6.998.41%
1973$9.0930.12%
1974$8.96-1.39%
1975$9.283.49%
1976$9.350.80%
1977$9.13-2.40%
1978$11.3224.00%
1979$13.3117.59%
1980$13.783.53%
1981$14.384.41%
1982$14.984.16%
1983$14.85-0.86%
1984$14.860.02%
1985$14.880.16%
1986$15.202.16%
1987$16.317.26%
1988$16.792.97%
1989$17.292.98%
1990$19.2511.35%
1991$19.792.82%
1992$19.56-1.18%
1993$19.801.22%
1994$20.523.65%
1995$20.660.67%
1996$21.172.49%
1997$21.642.22%
1998$21.54-0.48%
1999$21.670.62%
2000$22.142.15%
2001$23.144.54%
2002$23.421.17%
2003$24.775.76%
2004$25.101.35%
2005$25.200.41%
2006$25.561.44%
2007$26.724.52%
2008$27.613.35%
2009$28.131.87%
2010$28.11-0.07%
2011$29.996.69%
2012$30.812.74%
2013$30.78-0.11%
2014$32.154.44%
2015$34.326.75%
2016$33.58-2.16%
2017$33.820.74%
2018$34.181.04%
2019$34.661.41%
2020$37.347.73%
2021$37.610.73%
2022$41.239.64%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Frankfurters:

Year195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI33.56233.05430.08528.80027.60027.03829.50033.67733.33132.50833.03133.16233.10832.83834.96238.20837.61537.70040.96943.70843.25446.89261.01560.16962.26962.76961.26275.96289.32392.47796.554100.56999.70099.72399.885102.046109.454112.700116.054129.223132.862131.292132.892137.738138.662142.115145.277144.585145.477148.600155.354157.177166.231168.469169.154171.592179.344185.350188.824188.694201.309206.830206.612215.781230.354225.371227.044229.406232.631250.606252.430276.773

Adjust hot dogs prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1951 * 1951 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Frankfurters was 33.562 in the year 1951 and 276.773 in 2022:

276.773 / 33.562 * $5 = $41.23

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $5 in 1951 has the same "purchasing power" as $41.23 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Frankfurters).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Frankfurters in 1951. In addition to hot dogs, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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