I’ve just come across a great article showing generic prices from the mid-15th century. The article can be found here.
The list is rich but of course not exhaustive and the prices should be regarded with caution. It is nonetheless a useful tool particularly for understanding differences in prices across objects, services, wages. Below I’ve selected some wage examples for different economic activities and professions to give you an idea of medieval earnings across social strata.
Money goes as follows:1 pound (L) = 20 shillings (s) 1 shilling = 12 pence (d)Profession Wage Date Mercenaries: knight banneret 4s/day 1316 knight 2s/day " man-at-arms or squire 1s/day " Regular Army Esquires, constables, and centenars 1s/day 1346 Mounted archers, armored infantry, hobilars, vintenars 6d/day " Welsh vintenars 4d/day " Archers 3d/day " Welsh infantry 2d/day " Captain 8s/day late 16 cen Lieutenant 4s/day " Ensign 2s/day " Drummer or trumpeter 20d/day " cavalryman 18d/day " infantry 8d/day " Laborer L2/year max c1300 Crown revenues (at peace) L30 000 c1300 Barons per year L200-500+ c1300 Earls per year L400-L11000 c1300 Sergeant at Law (top lawyer) L300/year 1455 Chief armorer 26s 8d/month 1544 Other armorers in same shop 24s/month 1544 except "Old Martyn" who made 38s 10d/month 1544 Apprentices in same shop 6d/day 1544 Master mason 4d/day 1351 Master carpenter 3d/day " Carpenters' Guild stipend to a sick member 14d/week 1333 Weavers 5d/day, no 1407 food Chantry priest per year L4 13s 4d 1379 Squires per annum 13s 4d-L1 14 cen Carters, porters, falconers 5s-8s 8d 14 cen grooms, messengers per year Kitchen servants 2s-4s/year 14 cen Boys and pages 1s-6s/year 14 cen Wardens of London Bridges L10/year 1382Advertisements