81 Inspiring Salary Quotes To Address Your Low Salary Syndrome

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As Matt Mullenweg said, “Money and salary is not a particularly good motivator in the long term.” However, when it comes to salary, we know how eagerly we await the last day of the month when the paycheck gets credited to our accounts. Whether you are already earning in six figures, or you just started to make money, most of us feel as though we are not paid as per our capabilities. While you might be finding ways to ask for a rise, have a look at what some of the famous people of the world have to say about Salary. Hope these essential salary quotes can motivate you move ahead.


Salary Quotes:

1. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

2. “It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.” – Charles Jaffe

3.“Salary is no object: I want only enough to keep body and soul apart.” – Dorothy Parker

4.“The reason that man is seldom satisfied with his salary is that when it increases, he increases his expenses.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

5.“I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.” – Roald Dahl

6.“Sometimes, to ensure that a talented individual will work for you, or will stay working with you, you need to be flexible. Money is not always the great motivator here. Talented people want a good salary, of course, but surprisingly often they are more attracted to new opportunities and challenges.” – Felix Dennis

7. “The more they applaud, the bigger your salary will be.” – Anna Held

8.“Money and salary is not a particularly good motivator in the long term.” – Matt Mullenweg

9.“Salary negotiations are particularly important because people are testing you as both a co-worker and an ambassador. They really don’t want you to be a pushover, and they don’t want you to be a jerk.” – Christopher Voss

10. “Job and salary is the greatest slavery you can ever set upon yourself” – Sunday Adelaja

11.“There’s no way I can justify my salary level, but I’m learning to live with it.” – Drew Carey

12.“To kill yourself for earning a salary is not worth it.” – Nargis Fakhri

13.“Salary is the compensation you get for giving your life.” – Sunday Adelaja

14. “The real wealth of a good gardener is not his salary but the marvellous flowers he is raising in the garden!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

15.“I’m trying to set a good example. I don’t need to take a high salary, which would impede the success of Morningstar.” – Joe Mansueto

16.“Don’t stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want – freedom from financial worry. Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind.” – James Altucher

17.“A steady salary is an invitation to mediocrity.” – Unknown

18.“A small pay discrepancy between men’s and women’s salaries for the same job may seem inconsequential. But over the years, salary discrimination adds up to a significantly smaller pension.” – Madeleine M. Kunin

19.“When it comes to salary negotiation, don’t forget that salary is only one term of employment. What else is on the table – vacation time, benefits, bonuses, flex days? Before determining that these terms are ‘must-haves’ or ‘giveaways’ to get a bigger salary, find out what the counterpart has to offer.” – Christopher Voss

20.“The fact that somebody is reducing your salary is just telling me they’re not satisfied with what you’re doing.” – Joe Torre

21.“You’ll earn more money doing something you love, rather than just doing something because it pays you a high salary.” – Auliq Ice

22.“It is a harsh reality that some of the most important and respectable jobs which deserve high salaries might be better off with low salaries. A politician, or a minister, or a teacher is sure to be working sincerely and selflessly for the good of the people when through and through there is little monetary reward guaranteed. This is how the charlatans are weeded out of the field.” – Criss Jami

23. “There is grace for survival; I survived two years without a regular salary.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

24. “Both class and race survive education, and neither should. What is education then? If it doesn’t help a human being to recognize that humanity is humanity, what is it for? So you can make a bigger salary than other people?” – Beah Richards

25.“The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

26.“Choose satisfaction over salary. Better to be happy with little than miserable with much.” – Max Lucado

27.“I’ve always been petrified of working for a boss who I didn’t like but who I was in fear of, because I wanted my salary.” – Simon Cowell

28.“Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.” – Theodore Roosevelt

29.“If my salary is taken without my agreement, it is a violation of my rights.” – Mu Sochua

30.“In the main it will be found that a power over a man’s support (salary) is a power over his will.” – Alexander Hamilton

31.“The Oscar changed everything. Better salary, working with better people, better projects, more exposure, less privacy” – Kathy Bates

32.“Salary arbitration is probably in place – was put in place then and probably is in place now – because I supported it.” – Bowie Kuhn

33.“I wouldn’t mind taking a rest for three or four months, but I have to keep on making films for the sake of my crew, who just wait for the next film because they’re not on a fixed salary.” – Satyajit Ray

34.“I don’t mind saying, you know, that I don’t take a salary from the church, and God has blessed me with more money than I could imagine from my books.” – Joel Osteen

35.“I act for free, but I demand a huge salary as compensation for all the annoyance of being a public personality. In that sense, I earn every dime I make.” – Michelle Pfeiffer

36.“When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.” – Alfred Hitchcock

37.“The only way to make real wealth is to get rid of your salary. In a salary, by definition, you are creating wealth for others, and you are creating a chain and handcuffs for yourself.” – James Altucher

38.“Even if I were offered twice my salary elsewhere, I would stay at Juve. Doing so would make me proud, as it is a worthy thing to do.” – Gianluigi Buffon

39.“Whether it’s salary or a promotion or a job, I think it’s important for women to ask for what they think they deserve.” – Susan Wojcicki

40. “Salary negotiations shouldn’t be limited to just salary. Salary pays your mortgage, but terms build your career.” – Christopher Voss

41.“I’ve never seen someone work for a salary.” – Sophia Amoruso

42.“I don’t take any money from my ministry. I’m not on salary. My husband supports me.” – Anne Graham Lotz

43.“Asking what I considered an impossible salary when I didn’t want to work for someone has boosted my pay again and again.” – Ethel Waters

44.“If doctors are paid the same salary as bus drivers, community would not be crazy about making their children doctors” – Nouman Ali Khan

45.“This is our life now: slaving away in thankless, monotonous jobs and spending half our salaries on fattening food.” – Katrina Ramos Atienza

46.“I’m the first to admit this whole salary thing is getting out of control. In the final analysis, it’s still about the work.” – Jim Carrey

47.“In Liberia, our salary scales are so low that our judicial system has become corrupt over the years. Now, we need to do some things ourselves.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

48.“How much do they be paying you?” he asked mellowly. “The usual salary. A little more than they think I’m worth and a little less than I think I’m worth.” – Betty Smith

49.“Salaries and wages must reflect the reality of the enterprise’s economic performance; deviations from the planned performance should be reflected in pay.” – Samora Machel

50.“Being first lady is a full-time job. Betty Ford worked full time and should have received a salary. Michelle Obama works full time and should be paid.” – Karen DeCrow

51.“You end up giving up half your salary every time you make a movie because you need the money to make the movie you have in your head.” – Allison Anders

52.“I don’t clean, I don’t make the bed. I spend my salary. I worry a lot. I just don’t worry about socks on the floor.” – Amanda Peet

53.“Price doesn’t make deals, and salary doesn’t control your career.” – Christopher Voss

54.“My agent tells me I am drawing the largest salary ever paid in the halls of England. Wonderful, isn’t it? for a quiet, rural gardener like myself.” – Lillie Langtry

55.“Everyone has a salary. Everyone has hopes and dreams for where they can invest their money. Everyone wants to do the best they can with it, and they don’t want to be subjected to any sort of predatory lending.” – Dede Gardner

56.“Anybody who makes an outlandish salary obviously attracts attention.” – Jerry Buss

57.“I think that the main issue with inequality is not the gap between the rich and the poor. It is the gap between the earnings of top business leaders and the salaries of academics and journalists.” – Arnold Kling

58.“What I promise to my actors, and to my director, is to give them the salary and everything they need.” – Jean-Claude Van Damme

59.“My salary situation at ‘Morning Joe’ wasn’t right. I made five attempts to fix it, then realized I’d made the same mistake every time: I apologized for asking.” – Mika Brzezinski

60.“The man who can accept defeat and take his salary without feeling guilty is a thief.” – George Allen

61.“I never look at salaries. I have no aspirations of being a general manager or anything like that, I want to coach. For me there is no dollar signs on the towels, no dollar signs on their jerseys, I will make the decisions based on who is going to make us win. For me, that is my only priority.” – Bob Hartley

62.“’What is your desired salary?’ The unwritten rule when it comes to salary is this: whoever proposes a number first loses. When you interview, you should never feel pressured to answer this question. Simply let your interviewer know that the most important thing to you is how well you fit the position.” – Travis Bradberry

63.“Indians value a six digit salary more than six years of togetherness.” – Prerona Chatterji

64.“Every time he saw ‘salary credited’, every time he got a new life.” – Sundu

65.“Job is not all about salary but susainibility.” – Anshul Mandliya

66.“The solid material that tends to vaporize before its melting point is actually my salary.” – S.Ruchika

67.“At the end of the month, salary is the blessing in disguise.” – Parsuram Pothiraj

68.“Always at the end of the salary, your month would have just begun.” – Milind

69.“Your salary is the bribe they give you to forget your dreams.” – Unknown

70.“We all love people who give credit to others for their success. Companies would probably do better with CEOs who didn’t blow their own horn and ask for ridiculous salaries and new yachts every year.” – Dora Svitak

71.“The less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands.” – Mark Twain

72.“So much of our society as a whole is gearing us to maximize our salary or bonus. Basically, we just think in terms of money. Or, if not money, then, if you’re in academia, it’s prestige. It’s a different kind of currency. And there’s this unmeasured dimension of all jobs, which is whether it’s improving the world.” – Cathy O’Neil

73.“I believe that teachers committed to the community are the ones who deserve to earn the top dollar, a starting salary of a quarter million dollars a year.” – Michael Clarke Duncan

74.“The first law I passed in my cabinet was a law eliminating the double salary for the prime minister and the ministers. I have a salary as member of parliament. I don’t want a double salary. So it was a very important decision.” – Enrico Letta

75.“People who have been hardworking, tax paying, those people ought to be given an opportunity to be on a track that leads towards citizenship, and if that happened, then they wouldn’t be prey to the employers who say, ‘We want you because we know that you work for a salary we could not lawfully pay anyone else.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

76.“If I can make a teacher’s salary doing comedy, I think that’s better than being a teacher.” – Dave Chappelle

77.“Bare hands grip success better than kid gloves. Be thorough in all things, no matter how small or distasteful! The man who counts his hours and kicks about his salary is a self-elected failure.” – Charles M. Schwab

78.“It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if we didn’t have a salary cap.” – Jerry Jones

79.“Try saving when your salary is low. So after making more money, you will not be able to do this anywhere.” – Jack Benny

80.“I am not a believer in large salaries. I hold that every man should be paid for personal production. Our big men at Bethlehem seldom get salaries of over one hundred dollars a week; but all of them receive bonuses computed entirely on the efficiencies and the economies registered in their departments.” – Charles M. Schwab


Salary doesn’t control your career. However, it is a big bone of contention among today’s generation. Well, while we can’t solve your salary issues, we hope that these salary quotes rang the bell for you and helped you to deal with the low salary syndrome.


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