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Brooklyn is Captain America's home, but times have changed since he was kid 8-9 decades ago. He can't afford a house there, now. This thing really troubled me when he said it in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I mean, I really became sympathetic, despite it being intended for fun.

What's the salary Captain America collects from (fallen) S.H.I.E.L.D. and/or Tony's Avengers organization? Can't they gift him a house in Brooklyn? I mean, he is one of Earth's mightiest heroes who help saved the world lots of times.

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    Do any of the Avengers even get paid for being Avenges? – Zibbobz Apr 28 '15 at 14:16
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    It's quite possible that their salary goes to rebuild the buildings they destroy. – Maël Nison Apr 28 '15 at 14:21
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    Tony at least probably doesn't need the paycheck. And everyone else besides Captain America has a position outside of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Assassin-for-hire, Research Scientist, Millionaire Playboy, Asgardian God, whatever it is Hawkeye does). – Zibbobz Apr 28 '15 at 14:23
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    @Zibbobz Yeah, that's the problem. But still, he can be actor. – Lobo Apr 28 '15 at 14:34
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    @Zibbobz Apparently, Hawkeye is a farmer. – KSmarts May 11 '15 at 16:03
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As a Soldier missing in action, Captain America would be entitled to decades worth of backpay from the moment he was fished out of the ocean. He is easily a multi millionaire.

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    I believe Captain America would bring his Ferrari to compete Tony in the Civil War. Oh, Government processes are slow, so he got the money late. – Lobo Dec 8 '15 at 12:02
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Truthfully? We don't know.

It seems safe to assume that after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, SHIELD are no longer paying Steve Rogers for his services, and by the time Avengers: Age of Ultron occurs, Steve is a full-time Avenger, leading a team funded by one of the richest men on the planet, Tony Stark.

However, I don't imagine for a second that any of The Avengers take a paycheck from what they do, for two reasons.

  1. It is mentioned in Avengers: Age of Ultron that Tony Stark sends in a relief team to areas that have been affected by Avenger activity. This makes it sound as if the Avengers are operating as a (global) public service, one that seeks out threats and dispatches them as they see fit, accountable to no-one but themselves and ensuring that the mess they leave is cleared up too. That implies a lack of government backing (further supported by Tony Stark's claims that "he's just the guy that pays for everything").

  2. From a character perspective, the Avengers are clearing up messes that they helped create. I've gone into this area (specifically concerning Thor) more here, but it seems safe to say that the rest of the Avengers would follow a similar thought pattern - that they have a responsibility to help, with or without pay.

Add in the fact that the team leader of the Avengers, Steve Rogers, specifically states that he can't afford a property in Brooklyn, and it seems safe to say that members of the Avengers avenge for free.

  • In the comics, I believe any Avengers on active duty got a stipend or per diem, as well as being able to stay in the mansion. So while they are adventuring, they at least have cost of living and minor expenses covered. Don't know if this applies in the movie-verse. – JSM Apr 28 '15 at 16:18
  • @JSM It's never been mentioned. That being said, I got the impression that Bruce Banner at least is living in the Avengers Tower - Stark ask Banner if Cho is OK to set up in HIS lab. – Dr R Dizzle Apr 28 '15 at 16:45
  • One of the running jokes in the comics is that Tony Stark pays for basically everything they need, even any building/public property they happen to destroy while out heroing. ("Tony Stark will pay for that!") – Theik Apr 28 '15 at 19:13
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    "how fast can we buy this building"? – KutuluMike May 1 '15 at 3:59
  • Okay fine but altruism is all well and good until you die. Rogers can't help anyone if he's starved to death. He's going to need some money unless he's just completely living off his mates. – Lightness Races in Orbit Jun 11 '15 at 22:27

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