I was reading one of those "100 best places to work for" lists the other day (they are bogus, by the way, just as U.S. News and World Report college rankings are specious). I was amazed that some law firms were on the list, including some that friends of mine work at. What was more amazing was that the "average Associated Salary" was $214,000.
UPDATE: One other reasons lawyers have a lot of stress, in addition to billing requirements, is the amount of responsibility involved in the work. If you work at a "job", chances are, you go home at night and forget about work. If you make a mistake at work, the worst thing that can happen is you lose your job. For an Attorney, if they make a mistake, they can be sued out of existence or their client ends up on Death Row. For Doctors, this stress is even worse - patients can DIE if you are not careful.
Yet the pay for Doctors and Lawyers is not that much above what a lot of "no-stress" jobs pay. All that stress, and nothing to show for it. Better off being a NYS school teacher and making a hundred grand a year to teach social studies.
I filed a case the other day and made a mistake in the filing fee - a $5000 mistake. Ouch. That comes out of my pocket. I'm betting your life doesn't have these sorts of issues, does it?