Only if you specify the domain as humans. There are far too many insects to make that true if your domain is multi-cellular animal life forms. The problem here is that people seem to be forgetting about having different averages across different domains. To clarify, I think the intended statement was, "many employed *people* make more than your average employed *programmer*." I don't know if that's true. I'm a programmer, and I certainly think I make more than an average American employee. But I'm working for an international company and I'm reasonably certain that some of our programmers in other geographies make much less. Actually technically I may not be considered a programmer any more seeing as how I'm writing designs *for* the programmers. So maybe the statement is accurate.