This Is How Much Money It Would Take for People to End Their Relationship

This Is How Much Money It Would Take for People to End Their Relationship

Single and ready to ... stay that way to get ahead at work? That's the case for a surprising amount of people who said they'd put their career success before their relationships.

In fact, 41% of people said they would end a relationship if it meant getting a significant promotion, according to a survey from Comet. Harsh!

The site surveyed 346 employed millennials on what they would give up in exchange for a huge career boost. The average single person said they would stop dating for 11 years, people in a relationship would put off marriage by seven years, and a married person would delay having kids for eight years — all if it meant getting a life-changing work promotion.

And while money can't buy you love, it can keep love at bay: People would stay single for eight years for a $36,000 raise. People in a relationship would bail for just $1,000 more. Those willing to stay in a relationship put a higher price on other milestones, saying it would take a $64,000 raise to delay getting married by about six years, or $67,000 to delay having kids for seven years.

The results may not be so crazy. Consider that many in this generation are still making up for graduating into a Great Recession-era job market saddled with record-high student loan debt. This financial scenario can create a domino effect in delaying life events, like putting off marriage or not saving for retirement.

But fear not, romantics: The survey also found that more than half of coupled people would pass on a career opportunity if it meant saying goodbye to a long-term partner  — and a resounding 86% would move to another city if their partner was offered a better job there. So, hey, maybe love isn't dead (even if you *can* put a price on it).


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