prostitute – $200/month; $1-$5 per customer)
bank clerks – $150/month
dance hall girls – $.5-.25 cents/dance
miner – $20/week
common laborer – $100/month
school teacher – $30/month (small school)
steamboat pilot – $600-$700/month
insurance company president – $1000/month
reporters – $20/week
printers – $8/week
typesetters – $4/week
printers devils – $2.50/week
1870-Abilene, KS, Tom Smith, initially paid $150 per month, later raised to $225.
1876-Wyatt Earp was paid $250/month in Dodge City, KS (considered a very high amount).
1878-Dodge City, Kansas marshal $100 per month, assistant marshal and policemen $75 per month
Salaries could be expected to vary by the size of the town, and the size of its problems.
Cost of hired guns…
Hired guns typically earned $100 to $150 per month though it could go as high as $250.