There has to be a balance. I made more as an x-ray tech than I did when I became a teacher, but the schedule of a teacher is much more family friendly. That said, it's hard to justify investing years of time and a ton of money into a college degree when you can make a bigger salary doing a different job with just a high school diploma. Maybe retail and other unskilled workers should make more, but retail workers don't have to have degrees. Lots of careers are stressful. I feel in general jobs that require more investment in education or skills should offer higher wages.