Some more well paid individuals really like to play up that they make more money because they "work harder" or "provide more to society". But what about the ibanker and the construction worker? What's "harder":
<> manual labor
<> looking busy on excel
Some people then reverse engineer the "makes more money must therefore be harder" into "makes less money, must therefore be much easier". Take a generic set of skills such as being organized, superior at planning, and adequate social/presentation skills. These skills could be put into use as both a teacher or a middle manager. Most people will assume that teaching is easier just because it pays less (not saying I agree).
So is it true? Does more money = harder, less money = easy? My guess is that besides the obvious economic answers (easy money will attract more applicants and therefore drive the money down to more closely match the effort level), there is a protestant work ethic thing going on. People don't want to feel guilty that they make more money, and so rationalize that what they do must be "harder".
What do you think?