A man must earn a salary of at least £49,247 a year before women will consider him successful and wealthy, a new survey reveals.
Around one in ten women were even more exacting, stating that a man must command a salary of £100,000 before he was a rich success in their eyes, the research from National Savings & Investment (NS&I) found.
However, men had slightly lower expectations when it came to salary expectations for women, with £42,147 seen as the threshold for wealth and success.
Almost half of women (45 per cent) said that they regarded a healthy bank balance as more important than good looks and home ownership when looking for a partner, the survey showed.
Senior savings strategist at NS&I, Dax Harkins, said: "Our findings also show that finances form a very important part of relationship dynamics and this is reflected in the expectations people have, both in terms of salary and savings levels. Maybe people do believe they can buy happiness after all."
Both men and women were found to fall short of each others' savings expectations, with women expecting men to have £24,281 stashed away, although in reality they have around £20,000, while men expect women to have £15,143, compared to a reality of £14,167.