Special Report

The Price of a Dozen Eggs Every Year Since 1973

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You may not believe it till you see it, but according to a recent USDA report, retail prices of eggs have actually begun to ease. More than perhaps any other product, eggs have become a symbol of inflation the past few months. Prices soared 60% in 2022, reaching $4.25 for a dozen eggs in December. 

Of course, egg prices in the grocery store are often higher than that average national price, with the cost largely dependent on where you live. A dozen eggs went for over $6 in Arizona, California, Nevada, Alabama, and Florida, and nearly $10 in Hawaii, according to an Axios analysis. (Also see, states where inflation is causing the most stress.)

It was only a year ago that egg prices were $1.79 a dozen, so how did prices get so high? The egg industry has blamed increased costs of fuel, feed, and packaging, as well as supply issues and a global bird flu outbreak that necessitated the killing of 58 million chickens, resulting in a national egg shortage. If farmers cannot get the avian flu under control, some experts warn things could get worse.

While these sky-high prices might feel unprecedented to some, there have been times in just the last 50 years when eggs were even more expensive. 24/7 Wall St. adjusted the average price of a dozen large grade A eggs in U.S. cities as of December of every year from 1973 to 2022 based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We found that in the past 50 years, the inflation-adjusted price of eggs in 2021 and 2022 ranks fifth and fourth highest, respectively. The highest price was in 1975, when it reached $4.79.

The second and third highest prices were also in the 1970s, during the period of The Great Inflation, which lasted from 1965 to 1982. Several factors contributed to The Great Inflation, including two severe energy shortages and Federal Reserve policies that provided cheap money. (Not surprising, the price of this household item is soaring.)

Inflation-adjusted egg prices were generally lower from 1988 to 1995. Those years were generally marked by stable inflation, but also sluggish economic, employment, and wage growth ahead of the growth later in the mid to late ‘90s.

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1973
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.66
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $4.34 – 3rd highest in the past 50 yrs

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1974
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.65
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.89 – 11th highest in the past 50 yrs

1975
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.88
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $4.79 – the highest in the past 50 yrs

1976
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.86
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $4.42 – 2nd highest in the past 50 yrs

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1977
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.79
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.80 – 16th highest in the past 50 yrs

1978
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.91
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $4.07 – 7th highest in the past 50 yrs

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1979
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.84
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.39 – 25th lowest in the past 50 yrs

1980
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.03
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.90 – 9th lowest in the past 50 yrs

1981
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.97
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.98 – 11th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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1982
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.81
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.44 – 24th highest in the past 50 yrs

1983
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.13
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.26 – 17th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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1984
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.87
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.06 – 14th lowest in the past 50 yrs

1985
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.91
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.06 – 13th lowest in the past 50 yrs

1986
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.91
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.21 – 16th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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1987
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.73
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.28 – 19th lowest in the past 50 yrs

1988
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.83
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.77 – 6th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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1989
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.14
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.51 – 3rd lowest in the past 50 yrs

1990
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.00
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.82 – 7th lowest in the past 50 yrs

1991
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.01
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.86 – 8th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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1992
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.93
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.42 – the lowest in the past 50 yrs

1993
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.87
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.49 – 2nd lowest in the past 50 yrs

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1994
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.87
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.59 – 5th lowest in the past 50 yrs

1995
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.16
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.56 – 4th lowest in the past 50 yrs

1996
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.31
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.08 – 15th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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1997
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.17
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.32 – 21st lowest in the past 50 yrs

1998
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.09
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.03 – 12th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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1999
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.92
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $2.95 – 10th lowest in the past 50 yrs

2000
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.96
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.35 – 22nd lowest in the past 50 yrs

2001
> Price of a dozen eggs: $0.93
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.38 – 24th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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2002
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.18
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.36 – 23rd lowest in the past 50 yrs

2003
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.56
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.47 – 21st highest in the past 50 yrs

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2004
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.20
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.64 – 19th highest in the past 50 yrs

2005
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.35
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.49 – 20th highest in the past 50 yrs

2006
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.54
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.43 – 25th highest in the past 50 yrs

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2007
> Price of a dozen eggs: $2.10
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.46 – 22nd highest in the past 50 yrs

2008
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.83
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.31 – 20th lowest in the past 50 yrs

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2009
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.77
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.27 – 18th lowest in the past 50 yrs

2010
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.79
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.46 – 23rd highest in the past 50 yrs

2011
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.87
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.80 – 17th highest in the past 50 yrs

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2012
> Price of a dozen eggs: $2.01
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.79 – 18th highest in the past 50 yrs

2013
> Price of a dozen eggs: $2.03
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.96 – 9th highest in the past 50 yrs

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2014
> Price of a dozen eggs: $2.21
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $4.11 – 6th highest in the past 50 yrs

2015
> Price of a dozen eggs: $2.75
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.85 – 12th highest in the past 50 yrs

2016
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.38
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.82 – 15th highest in the past 50 yrs

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2017
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.82
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $4.00 – 8th highest in the past 50 yrs

2018
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.60
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.84 – 14th highest in the past 50 yrs

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2019
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.53
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.84 – 13th highest in the past 50 yrs

2020
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.48
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $3.90 – 10th highest in the past 50 yrs

2021
> Price of a dozen eggs: $1.79
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $4.21 – 5th highest in the past 50 yrs

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2022
> Price of a dozen eggs: $4.25
> Inflation-adjusted price of 12 eggs: $4.25 – 4th highest in the past 50 yrs

Methodology

To determine the cost of eggs every year in the past 50 years, 24/7 Wall St. adjusted the average price of a dozen large grade A eggs in U.S. cities in December of every year from 1973 to 2022 based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Egg prices were adjusted using the consumer price index for eggs. Historical prices of eggs were adjusted for overall inflation using the annual consumer price index for all items. The current price of a dozen eggs in 2022 is based on monthly data for December 2022.

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