Every job I've had, including working at game companies of various size and teaching in a US public school, has paid as much or less than the job you were at, Xeno. GR and I were basically homeless the entire development of Neofeud, like I said. We can only survive now because real estate in this area is shit, it's somewhat the wild west (barely any cops), and the houses are basically rotting to pieces. There are only shit-tier jobs nowadays, man. Unless your parents are millionaires, you're like a drug dealer, criminal, or corporate criminal. Even if you make over 50,000, in the US we'd be paying $30,000 out for healthcare costs (not including deductibles) so you might end up being more fucked to shit limping around trying to get insulin through go-fund-mes if you SOMEHOW manage to make $40+ an hour. Or maybe you just crack a rib falling off your Deliveroo gig-hustle, go to hospital, the Big Pharma drugdealer pretending to be a doctor slips you fentanyl and you OD on it a month later, and die that way like millions of other Americans.
The only friend from high school I know that has his own place is a real estate agent cause his daddy worked in real estate after being at the vampire squid of planet Earth, Goldman Sachs. His job was to auction off pieces of Oahu to Chinese, Saudi billionaires so they can leave the apartments empty and make more homeless people and homeless kids for me to try and take care of as a social worker for go-fuck-yourself-and-starve an hour wages.
*Literally* everyone else I know lives multigenerationally, like 5-10 families to a house, with every member in the house working, often multiple jobs. Unless they like inherited a shit ton of money from a rich relative or daddy is the CEO of Ebay or something.
I just talked to a United Airlines aircraft *engineer*, like that rare person with a college degree actually working in his field. He's been at it for over a decade and can't afford to live on the island he works on. (Works on Oahu, flies back to the Big Island to see his wife and kid once a week but his boss is emailing him all Sunday with work-related tasks trying to drag him back on his day off).
It's shit all the way down, man.