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:

 

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Chandler Bing

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

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Rachel Green

Job: Waitress

Avg salary: $23,000

Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $23,000 / 40 = $575/month 

 

NYC Real EstateMonica Geller

Job: Chef

Avg salary: $60,000

Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $80,000 / 40 = $2,000/month

 

NYC Real EstateRoss Geller

Job: Paleontologist

Avg salary: $67,000

Rent amount that would be approved based on 40x the monthly rent: $67,000 / 40 = $1,675/month 

 

Joey TribbianiNYC Real Estate

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

 

 

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Phoebe Buffay

Job: Masseuse

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

Pets: Poultry

 

Here is what we found:

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

Pets: None

 

Here is what we found:

3 bed, 1 bathroom apartment on the Upper East Side for $3,450

Address: 1685 1st Avenue

Wide open spaces and lots of natural light, this 3 bedrooms 1 bathroom apartment is perfect for anybody. Newly renovated bathroom and kitchen, get ready to love your new home!

Ross

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.

Pets: No

 

Here is what we found:

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)

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