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Why don't I have one yet? I do not know.

So, a little fact-check about Peter Burke and his money. We discussed this over the weekend at a bash, and I see this come up a lot on my friends list, so I feel the need to be fact-o-girl, as usual. My friends were of the belief that Elizabeth had to come from a little bit of money in order to be able to afford their house in NYC. I didn't necessarily believe that, because Peter's salary is better than they think -- a Fed gets paid a lot more than a regular cop, and I think they were equating Feds with underpaid police officers. I also didn't believe they lived in Manhattan proper.

For a just-starting-out GS-10, they're looking at a base salary of around $51,000. For a guy who's well above that with the experience Peter has, and who's running a white collar unit himself, in NYC, he's looking at well over $101K, and more probably at least $147K. I'd estimate that since he's still in the field, he's possibly a GS-14, because GS-13 is the higher end of field, non-supervisory roles, and he's clearly supervising at least a small team with Jones and Cruz, although that seems to be *very* fuzzy on the details.

This was confirmed in a piece in TV Guide this week by Jeff Eastin about where they live, who said, "Considering the salary he'd have -- around $150,000 a year --and the kind of guy he is, we thought a borough was more suited to him. I think he likes to stretch out his legs at the end of the day."

Eastin said the location of the Burke household is in a Federal style row house in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is kind of what I expected with my (admittedly limited) knowledge of NY area nabes, based on what my co-workers used to talk about. He said the locale hasn't been identified to viewers yet, but may come up in future episodes. And when you throw in what El would make as an event planner with the types of high-end clients it sounds like she deals with, you're looking at a fairly decent household income.

They then went on to discuss why Neal's anklet doesn't go off every time he's at their perfectly decorated crib, since there's an 8-mile difference. Eastin explained, "When it's during the workday and he's accounted for, he's allowed to go outside of the radius without getting into trouble... but we might stretch reality just a bit."

Feel free to link to this post if you want to -- checked facts make fact-checking editor girl very happy indeed.

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mlyn
Jan. 28th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, in the pilot it's established that Peter's house is outside Neal's radius, because Peter gets a call while he's dressing for work and Neal is in his living room.
imkalena
Jan. 28th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Thanks -- that was quite interesting!
gwyn_r
Jan. 28th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I know I can't singlehandedly stomp out misapprehensions, but I want to do my part. I'm seeing it everywhere I look, and I don't want to grind my teeth over this fandom!
sweet_ali
Jan. 28th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
Totally thought it was in Brooklyn. Nice :)

Thanks for all the info!
gwyn_r
Jan. 28th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
I know! I was kind of leaning toward either Clinton Hill or Park Slope, just because both of those areas were where nearly all my coworkers lived, except the one rich asshole who lived in Manhattan near Park Ave. Those nabes seemed like they fit Peter and El.
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