You get what you pay for. You earn what you get, one way or another.
If you marry someone much prettier, you will have a live of submission. If you take a job paid too much, they won't let you forget it. If you lie or cheat, you will get-in over your head. There is always justice. If you come from segregation, your world view might need an adjustment.
Correction, you earn what you negotiate.
About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends. -- Herbert Hoover