For most people, $100,000 in salary is a dream that they never expect to realize.
But nearly 5,000 Pennsylvania state employees earned at least $100,000 last year, according to newspaper reports.
Of the total, nearly a third of those making more than $100,000 worked for one of the 14 state-owned universities or the system that oversees them.
Make no mistake, most of the jobs for which six-figure salaries are being paid carry much responsibility with them.
But lots of jobs carry responsibility and stress with them in the private sector and don't come with a $100,000 salary attached.
And unlike the state jobs, when a recession hits, those private sector salaries drop or jobs are eliminated.
In a bizarre turn, the top earner among state employees, Angelo Armenti at $367,449, has been fired as president of California University and has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the State System of Higher Education and other officials.
You would think the state's chief executive would be its top earner.
Gov. Tom Corbett's salary of $178,033 ranked 190th among the 4,822 state employees earning more than $100,000 in 2012.
And the number of $100,000-plus earners has more than quadrupled from the 1,176 employees who pulled down six-figure salaries in 2002, about a decade ago.
So economic trends may rise and fall, but the public sector salaries are pretty much immune to the trends that drastically affect those in the private sector.
It's a pretty good gig.