I went there, just out of curiousity- WOW, compare what they
will pay a "master bench jeweler" (avg, $20 bucks an hour,
about $40,000 a year, maybe-) vs. what they will pay for a
manager- 50,000, to 80,000. Definitely unfair, when you
consider the skills involved.
On soap box.
It depends on how you look at it. The bench jeweler is
responsible for getting the work s/he’s assigned done in an
efficient workmanlike way. The manager is responsible for the
whole magilla, the bench jeweler, the clerks, the bean counters &
making a profit.
What you do with your hands is not the sole basis on which worth
is based. If you look at most industries, the person that
produces something with his hands is toward the low end of the
pay scale (unless there’s a strong union involved), those
farther up the management ladder are usually better paid. Usually
the others that are higher paid are the sales staff (if they sell
stuff), the creative, engineering staff & the financial staff who
can directly impact the bottom line. Generally those involved in
mental labor (however poor it might be) & responsibility are
better rewarded than those doing hand labor (no matter how
The world is made of all kinds of folks, some who can do things
& some who can get others to do things. Each is needed. Unless
your the boss/owner’s offspring more money is usually be made by
folks in the 2nd group.
It may not be right, that’s just the way it is.
I’ll get off the soap box now.