A "HIMYM" Fan Figured Out What Barney Stinson's Salary Was And It's Pretty Crazy
All based on how many suits he owns. He's doing pretty well for himself. Update: The show's creator has chimed in on Twitter.
Last week we learned how much Chandler lent Joey on Friends, and in today's installment of Fictional Bank Accounts a How I Met Your Mother fan has taken a stab at figuring out how much Barney Stinson earned.
This is, of course, in his job doing "P.L.E.A.S.E." — Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything.
Barney's clearly got quite a bit of dough coming in, and said in the episode "Unpause" that he earns 16 times what he spends on suits, so Redditor Sir-Zeph did the math based on how many suits Barney appears to own:
In Vesuvirus (S09E19), Barney shows Ted two rooms full of suits. From what is shown, there are 7 racks of 15 suits in one room. Assuming the second room also has 7 racks of 15 suits, Barney owns 210 (2(7*15)) suits.
In Game Night (S01E15), it was stated that Barney has been wearing suits since 1998, which translates to a period of 15 years up to the point of his wedding. Hence it can be concluded that Barney purchases 14 suits a year on average.
In Cupcake (S01E16), Barney takes Marshall to his tailor to get him a suit which was $4000 (which Marshall finds out later on). From this we can calculate that Barney spends $56,000 (14*4000) on suits a year approximately.
Included in the calculations are when Barney donates four racks of suits (False Positive), sports a fancy green suit on St. Patricks' Day (No Tomorrow), and sleeps in specially tailored Suitjamas (The Front Porch).
Plus dozens of other suits he mentions throughout the series.
Here's the final calculation:
210 + 60 + 1 + 2 + 2= 275 Suits
275 / 15 = 18.333 Suits/year
$4000 * 18.333 = $73,332/year
$73,332 * 16 = $1,173,312
Barney makes $1,173,312 a year.
So, with the calculation that Barney buys about 18 suits a year, that means he would make $1,173,312 (!) annually.
This is of course not taking into account that different suits may cost more or less than $4,000, and that he doesn't just buy a whole new set every year. But still!
You really are legen — wait for it – dary, Barney Stinson.
HIMYM creator and executive producer Carter Bays basically confirmed it (though probably facetiously).