It is true that we developers do look down on software testers. They are paid less as well. Frequently they are offshored. I'm glad you like it, but you chose the wrong path if you are looking to maximize your usefulness and earning power in the industry. No offense, but that is the truth.
Wow.. sounds like you come from a twisted corporate culture. Why dis someone who's work protects you from making a fool of yourself in front of customers?
Testing is critically important in a successful software project.