I've been watching The Americans, which is set in metro-DC (America) in the 1980s.

I noticed that the stars, whose income comes from their jobs as travel agents, live in a home I'd estimate as costing $1M USD in today's money. Their neighbor is an FBI (American Federal police) field officer with a stay at home wife. His house is comparable in value but maybe slightly smaller, perhaps $700 - $800k.

In Season 2 they showed an Air Force Colonel's estate. It was a true mansion. It had to be at least $2 - 5M.

Given the occupations, is this realistic? It very well may be, but I just didn't know that these government positions paid so well (though I realize that there's probably a lot more variation in what travel agents used to make before they became extinct due to the rise of the Internet).

  • @Paulie_D Thanks. So that tells me the average in 2000 dollars (which I can adjust for inflation pretty easily) but are these jobs ones that are usually several times above average? I kind of believe it for the Colonel, but I was suspicious about the others. Of course I'm sure the government employees pay less tax and get lots of bonuses, so maybe it is realistic? – Hack-R Sep 4 '17 at 15:24
  • Without knowing the full state of the characters finances there's no real way to answer. – Paulie_D Sep 4 '17 at 15:25
  • Not from the 80s and not from The Americans, but nice to read: washingtonpost.com/graphics/entertainment/… – knut Sep 4 '17 at 17:30
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    With regards to the military, sometimes positions come with housing for the assignment at the location – jedicurt May 30 '18 at 18:16

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