Learning to make money on the job?

People are often shouting back and fourth about salaries, but I was wondering which job allows you to make more money and how?

For example: Partner at Mckinsey (500k) VS somewhat experienced quant trader at JS (400k). Maybe partner earns more, but if trader is able to use his skillset to generate returns, perhaps he could earn more? Not really sure if this is possible in practice - trader might lack the necessary infrastructure/have a contract clause, but you get my point.

I ask, because the idea of working with your own money sounds super interesting, albeit not realistic for most. Could trader 'retire' and just work with his own capital?

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