Egg Protein Comparison & Protein Costs

The April update shows an increase in the cost of eggs, milk, pork chops and beef round roast. The cost of chicken breast and ground beef have decreased. Eggs continue to be the least expensive source of high-quality protein, followed by milk and chicken breast.

Since February, the cost of eggs increased by 2 cents, milk and pork chops by 4 cents and beef round roast by 19 cents. The cost of chicken breast decreased by 1 cent and ground beef by 2 cents.

Average Retail Cost of High-Quality Protein Foods
Updated April 2019

Complete Protein Food Avg. Cost1 Serving Size Cost per Serving Calories per Serving 2 (kcal) Protein per serving (g) Grams Protein per Dollar Spent (g/$1)
Eggs, grade A large 1.54/doz. 1 egg 0.13 72 6 46
Milk, reduced fat, 2% milkfat 2.94/gal.3 8 oz. 0.18 122 8 44
Chicken breast, skinless (boneless) 3.05/lb.4 3 oz. 0.57 102 19 33
Ground beef, 90% lean meat 5.19/lb. 3 oz. 0.97 149 17 18
Pork chop (boneless) 3.76/lb. 3 oz. 0.70 132 18 26
Beef round roast, USDA Choice (boneless) 5.16/lb. 3 oz. 0.96 147 18 19

April 2019 Gram Protein/Dollar

April 2019 Protein Chart



1 United States Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service. Retail data for beef, pork, poultry cuts, eggs, and dairy products. Retrieved on April 10, 2019 from   

2 United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. 2015. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28. Nutrient facts per raw serving.

3 Price is for whole milk, no price available for low-fat

4 Price is for boneless chicken breast, no price available for skinless

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