How Much Money Would the Characters on 'Mad Men' Make Today?
There are times when "Mad Men" needs a bit of a translator for modern-day viewers. Those who didn't grow up in the 1960's might be at a loss at some of the show's references, and on a show that centers so heavily around money, it's tough to know exactly how much money everyone is talking about. When Lane owes $4,000 in back taxes, how much does that mean in present-day terms?
That's why this handy infographic was made. The chart lists some of the different positions at a modern-day ad agency, along with their average salaries, required degrees and experience, and the character that fills that position on the TV show.
Some eye-openers: in a modern agency, a financial officer (like Lane) would make about $20,000 more per year on average than a creative director (like Don), and would pull in roughly $100,000 a year. Creative directors make almost twice as much as account executives, which explains why Pete is always trying to climb the ladder.
The infographic also provides some statistics on advertising and how it has changed since the 1960's. It's all pretty interesting. Give it a look below, or see a larger version here.