There tends to be a social pressure in marine biology -type fields to not ask each other about the money. Mostly because if that’s your aim, you’re in the wrong field, and if you do manage it, we’re all jealous, but also wondering who you sold your soul to.
I couldn’t be happy behind a desk all the time, even if it paid well. So I chose job satisfaction over well paid boredom. Saying that, it’s not like you should get used and abused just because the job is cool. You deserve to be paid for the skills you are bringing to the table. It’s just all relative that’s all.