Abstract Unit-cell volumes of four alkali halides, LiF, NaF, KF and CSCl, were measured to 90 kbar and 800°C using X-ray powder diffraction techniques. NaCl was used as an internal pressure standard. Experimental results were analyzed based on Decker's equation of state for NaCl and thermal expansívities of these four materials were determined as a function of pressure. Volume dependence of thermal expansivity is different for the NaCl and CsCl structures. Comparisons of the present results with theoretical calculations by Birch and Anderson are presented.