Have you ever wondered how much money the characters from Friends made? How the heck did they afford those amazing West Village apartments? We did a little research on their jobs from Season 1. Below is the average salary of those jobs in 2016 and what they would be able to afford now:
Job: Statistical Analyst Executive
Avg salary: $102,000
Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $102,000 / 40 = $2,500/month
Avg salary: $23,000
Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $23,000 / 40 = $575/month
Avg salary: $60,000
Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $80,000 / 40 = $2,000/month
Avg salary: $67,000
Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $67,000 / 40 = $1,675/month
Job: Struggling actor, butt double for Al Pacino
Best (generous) guess: $15,000
Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $15,000 / 40 = $375/month
Avg salary: $40,000
Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $40,000 / 40 = $1,000/month
Chandler and Joey
They can afford: $2,925/mo for rent
They need: 2 bedroom
2 bed, 1 bathroom Upper West Side apartment for $2,900
Address: 206 West 96th Street
This apartment was completely renovated in the last few years. The apartment has a brand new kitchen and bath, a large living room, and two equal-sized bedrooms that fit a queen-sized bed with a closet.
Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe
Unfortunately, if these girls want to stay in Manhattan, they will all have to live together.
They can afford: $3,575/mo
They need: 3 bedroom
3 bed, 1 bathroom apartment on the Upper East Side for $3,450
Address: 1685 1st Avenue
He can afford: $1,675
He needs: A two bedroom for when his son comes to visit. However, if he wants to live in Manhattan he is going to have to sacrifice space and settle on a studio.
Studio apartment with 1 bathroom in East Harlem for $1,550
Address: 356 East 112th Street
Large open plan studio. This is a natural light filled corner apartment with open park views. The unit is a loft-style corner apartment with large open space, bright kitchen with an arched window, updated bathroom, hardwood floors, and Fujitsu AC/heating system in both rooms (remote-controlled)
Wondering what you could afford in the city?