Quote from Reachgoals
I would like to work in an IMC unit but I feel ashamed about the low pay compared to other new grads in my area. I am really worried others in my field will look down on me.
How does anyone know what you make unless you tell them? How do you know what your peers make? People are notorious embellishers when it comes to salary.
I would go with the unit you would like to work in and not worry so much about what others may or may not think.
Many if not most people look at several factors when evaluating a job. Money is only one. If you feel money is the most important for you and your financial situation (i.e. paying back school loan) then take the job for your own reasons, not to compete with other new grads. The many other reasons to take a particular job include learning opportunities, management, benefits, things that are hard to put a dollar amount to but are actually quite priceless.
Of course others in your field are looking down on you. You are a new grad and making the least amount of money you will probably ever make. As your experience grows, so will your income. USUALLY. If you change fields, move to a different area of the country or work fewer hours you may make less.
It is generally understood when it's said "They did it for the money" you question that person's morals and assume greed played too big a part in their decision making. It's an insult.