Originally Posted by AcronymAllergy
Very true, and agreed. Although to be fair, I don't know that most of the individuals on here with gripes about psychologists' earnings are claiming to expect having difficulty surviving (although some are, and seemingly legitimately so given their individual circumstances) as they are saying something along the lines of, "we're worth more and should be paid accordingly." Basically, the idea of, "we go to grad school for the better part of a decade and end up making a median salary of $65k? That stinks."
And there's also the sentiment of, "we've done a cruddy job of protecting our scopes of practice and demonstrating/advocating for our worth." That's all subjective, of course, and ruled by market forces, but that's the gist of the income-related complaints as far as I've been able to tell.
And I can go with these arguments with minimal to no issues (I also don't recall seeing many make the "survival" argument around here (SDN), although there may have been one or two in the past over the years). I think I was primarily expanding my observation to include folks regardless of profession who complain about their salaries and their inability to make it in the world. I need to stop running into these folks!