This is an excellent question. I think it really boils down to how do you define happiness in your life. Everyone would always appreciate some extra money in their pocket. However, not everyone is satisfied with their current job. There are people who simply work so they could have a roof over their head and food on the table. But there are also people who work for career advancement and overall job satisfaction. It sounds like you want to get a job you love and work your way up to earning a lot. This is a great mindset to have. We spend so much time (one-third of our lives) at work. It would be miserable to be stuck in a job that you find little motivation to go to work every morning, and does not provide any meaning to your life overall. Personally, I feel like no amount of money could bring me happiness. I realized that my emotional health is just as important as my physical health. If you are ever in a situation where you have to choose between higher salary and enjoyment/happiness, I hope you are able to make a decision that matters the most to you.