Might sound a bit ignorant..but a friend and I were talking the other day about peoples pay. He wants to be a lawyer, I asked why he said for the pay. I didn't want to argue so I didn't mention that you should like your job. He knows I wanted to be a physicist so he goes, "Why would you want to be a physicist? They all get ****ty pay and do a load of work all day". I didn't argue because I don't exactly know how much work a physicist does each day and I don't know exactly the pay range. I did some research a while back and whereever the sites were that I went to (that I don't remember) said physicists get paid an average of 60,000 a year or so? Well...I was thinking..isnt that kind of a kick in the face? These people go to school for numerous years and study an extremely challenging subject which I'm sure requires alot of intelligence, and then they get this crap pay? I know 60,000 a year isnt that bad, but considering garbage men in New York can make up to 80,000 year (yes I know that NY has very high taxes), that's kind of insulting. I know physicists love their job and everything, so I suppose pay doesnt really matter, but I would feel like whoevers paying you is screwing you over. I also understand that it sort of depends on where you work that determines your pay, and experience I'm sure..I read that private institutions pay more than a public one such as NASA or maybe a University. I dont know..what are your opinions on the subject? Honestly though, How many people in the world can do what a physicist can do? I wouldn't consider a pharmacist above a physicist intelligence-wise or probably not even work wise. I know a pharmacist who makes around 120,000 a year, he has a bachelors degree, so why shouldn't physicists with a Ph.D get paid more?