Throughout the 18th century, a Salzburg court councilor earned about 100 ducats a year. A day laborer, on the other hand, had to make his living with only 14 to 15 kreuzer a day; not an easy undertaking, compared to the development of prices. Salzburg in its mountainous setting had to import most of its grain from abroad. Prices of wheat and corn thus rose in particular – between 1700 and 1800, they virtually tripled. Meat prices, on the other hand, remained constant because animal husbandry was something the farmers of Salzburg did themselves. While a pound of beef cost 3 kreuzer in 1700, its price had risen to not more than 4 kreuzer in 1800.