The role of a managing director is associated with a lot of responsibility – for the company, the employees and the budget. These are just a few of the factors that determine the salary among executives.
Many postdocs are academic staff working at a university or research institution. Their salary is not generous, but much better than that of doctoral students.
Academics like to look down their nose at colleagues who are committed networkers. But they fail to understand that connections are essential for a successful career in academia too.