Originally Posted by bcarl314
Granted, I understand you want to be compensated for what you're worth, but compensation comes in many forms, and for me, respect and dignity have a certain value that can't be replaced by a paycheck.
In my experience, there is a high degree of correlation betweeen respect, dignity and money. What I've noticed is that a low-wage job (<$50K) generally corresponds to a low-status job, and lack of respect. As my wages went up, the amount of autonomy, responsibility and respect also went up, even doing the same work, but at different companies.
In the work world, money = respect, and if you're getting clerical wages (<$40K) you'll probably be getting clerical respect i.e. very little.