How much were telegraphists in the 1950s paid?

I’m doing some research for a small project, and am having some difficulty finding information on telegraphists as a whole.

The information I’m trying to find is rather specific, and I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

In the 1950s, how much would a telegraphist have been paid? I realize that at the time, telegraphy unions were forming, so if some specificity is needed, I’d like to know:

  • What a railroad telegrapher’s average pay was before railroad telegraphers’ unions, and
  • what it was after unions began fighting for higher pay,
  • what it was in the U.S. military (specifically, in the Navy, if it matters).

I realize these are somewhat specific questions – however, I have no clue where to look to find this information. If anyone could help, it would be appreciated!

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