10,000 talents is worth about 150,000 year's wages.
Here's the calculation:
1 talent = 60 minas
1 mina = 3 month's wages
1 talent = 60 x (3 months' wages) = 180 months' wages
1 talent = 180 months' wages / 12 months in a year = 15 years' wages
1 talent = 15 years' wages
10,000 talents = 150,000 years' wages.
So if a yearly wage is $15,000 (about 40hrs/week at CA min wage ($8/hr)
150,000 year's wages = 2,250,000,000
(Two Billion, Two Hundred Fifty Million dollars US)
Wow! That's a big debt, and pretty optimistic of the servant to think he's ever going to be able to pay it all back. We also found this blog post that I found very interesting, quoted here: