Wages and Price of Goods in FFE

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On this page is non-exhaustive list of numerous monetary data (wages, costs of goods etc) from FE2 and FFE fan fiction and official game data. All of the data is from the period 3200 (when Elite:Frontier beings) to ~3310 (when the 'HPA Saga' fan fiction series is set).


Mentions of wages/salaries are hard to come by in the FFE world, both in the fan fiction and official data.

Job Income per Day Income per Week Income per Year
Spacecraft Crew [low] 0.71 5 260
Spacecraft Crew [avg] 1.43 10 520
Spacecraft Crew [high] 2.14 15 780
Spacecraft Crew [v high] 2.86 20 1040
Cargo Handler (1) 0.89 6.25 325
Federal Military Sergeant (2) 5.78 40.46 2,103.87
Space Adventurer (3) 76.16 533.14 27,723.50

Notes: (1) On the Cargo Handlers salary: 'Twenty-five credits [per month] was quite a high wage to be paying a member of your crew, let alone a cargo handler!' From Pritchard on the Frontier, Chapter 16. Source: http://www.alioth.net/~mufossa/stories/pritchard/story16.html

(2) On the Federal Military Sergeants salary: "The calculation is quite simple: the price of a Cobra MkIII against the cost of paying you a Sergeants salary for fifty years and a pension for twenty more. The Cobra was cheaper." Source: http://blackspace.alioth.net/index.html ['Unlikely Coincidences']

The cost of a Cobra Mk 3, with a 1MW/P laser, autopilot, and Navicom and no other additional components is 126,232 Cr. If we assume that the annual pension is half the value of the annual salary, then we can divide the value of the Cobra 3 by 60 (50 years of normal salary and 20 years of half salary - for the pension).

126,232 / 60 = 2,103.87

Thus the Sergeants salary per year is roughly 2,103.87 Cr.

(3) On the Space Adventurers salary: The figure is taken from 'Winston and Gilmour's Guide to the Edge' which lasted from July 3263 to July 3264. During this time James Winston earned 27,723.5 Cr net income from bounties (282 successful kills) and salvaged cargo.

Price of Various Goods and Services

A list of goods and services from the FE2 and FFE world with their corresponding price/value in credits. The prices of space-ships (e.g. the Eagle 2) and ship component (e.g. a 1MW Beam Laser) have been ommited because they are well documented on Frontier/Elite fan-sites.

Good/Service Sum Units Source
Solicitors Fee (Standard Charge) 50 per Hour FE2 Manual
'My Friend's Uncle' a Guide To Space Myths 10 Each FFE Manual
Armed Escort Ship 100 per Day FFE Manual
Bob Iascatti's Handbook 25 Each FFE Manual
Galactic Emergency Services Loan 100 Dark Wheel
Bounty 30 Dark Wheel
Second hand escape capsule 400 Each Dark Wheel
Hunting Vacation at O'Rourke's Colony, Exiocan. Hunting the famous Exiocan Polar Bear. 11586.99 1 Week Journal Entry 0315
'Betterthanlive' tickets 59.89 Each Journal Entry 0027
Terran Trout at 'Crazy Mazy's' on 52nd Street 2,000 per bite Journal 0325
'Star Boot Enterprises' Inc. 50,000,000 Downpayment on the company. Journal 0568
Mega Gin 6 2 shots www.alioth.net/~mufossa/stories/rockjack/weaver2.html
[T]our of [the] Federation [station Boston Base] 0.5 www.alioth.net/~mufossa/stories/rockjack/weaver1b.html
The Federation sold the plans for the Asp for only a nominal fee of 2.2 million credits to the AAAI in 3270. 2,200,000 www.alioth.net
Flight in steerage from Tiliala to Phekda (via Sol), >1 month travelling. 3,250 person www.alioth.net
dinner for two at the God's Eye Café on the Mars High Orbital City 500 www.alioth.net/~mufossa/stories/rockjack/weaver2.html
'Blue', an alcoholic beverage 'I downed the entire glass in three easy gulps.' 1 www.alioth.net/~mufossa/stories/rockjack/weaver12.html
cheap copy of Altairian Ale 3 'A Call to Duty'. Vasquith de Havilland
Achenarian Weed (5 packets, street price] 1,000 'Past as Prologue: part 1' Dyan Smith
Rent a meeting room (Duval City] 50 4 hours 'Past as Prologue: part 1' Dyan Smith
Sunglasses [Duval City] 300 pair 'Past as Prologue: part 1' Dyan Smith
Alpha Centaurian Casssanova Resin 750,000 0.5 tonnes 'Past as Prologue: part 1' Dyan Smith
Hiring a Private Detective [Esveor] 1,000 'Justice for Mrs Combs' Robert Todd
Deathwreaker 2 (0.3mW handgun) 2,500 HPA Saga (Part 2, chapter 1)
The Greatest Crime of Norman Mosser - by Phyllis Bron 7.99 Each HPA Saga (Part 2, chapter 4)
Sniper Rifle, Gauss [Blackmarket, San Fran. Sol] 10,000 each HPA Saga (Part 2, chapter 2)
Turkey Sandwiches [Tionisla] 1 pair HPA Saga (Part 2, chapter 2)
Assasination of Vasquith de Havilland 100,000 HPA Saga (Part 2, chapter 2)
Sniper Rifle, Laser 3,000 each HPA Saga (Part 2, chapter 1
Rescue Princess ??-Duval 2,000,000 HPA Saga (Part 2, chapter 1)
Maintenance costs of an LRC, per annum 3,000,000 per ship HPA Saga (Part 1, chapter 5)
3 plasma rifles, 2 L&F handguns, ammo belt with 300 plasma packs. [Riedquat] 850 HPA Saga (Part 1, chapter 5)
Ship suit [Vequess] 800 Each HPA Saga (Part 1, chapter 3)