At my very first "career" job, my salary was $28,000 a year. After years of working low paying jobs to pay my college expenses and subsist, I thought I had it made. I was happy and ready to take on the world.
The next six years, I worked in corporate and then at a growing PR agency and my salary grew rapidly. That constantly increasing income created a hunger in me to keep making more and more money, and my annual salary was a tangible measure of success.