I saw an article where a Tik Tocker was shocked to find that a janitor at Buc-ees makes the same wage as her office job as a case worker. Ahhh, OK, so?
When I was younger and in the job market, I understood that many people had jobs that paid more or the same as I. However, I also realized that some jobs paid more because people didn’t want to do them or didn’t have the training to do them. I might change jobs because it was a better fit for me. I changes jobs many times over the decades.
I never jumped jobs just to make more money unless it was a job I wanted to do. I didn’t see this woman want to change jobs to be a janitor because it might have been easier. It certainly might not be perceived as more upscale than hers, so why does it matter that someone makes more money doing something different? I just didn’t see that what others might consider a menial job was surprising that it paid well.
Early on in my career, I was a dishwasher and also cleaned restrooms at a restaurant along a parkway. Some days we could get 50 busses in a short time. I was getting just above minimum wage at the time but worked hard and got a raise. The plus for the job was that the restaurant gave us XX dollars worth of food free as we were not able to leave to go elsewhere to eat. However, the Manager told us that although we were supposed to be limited to that dollar amount, we could eat all we wanted.