H and I started dating in college and have been together for our whole professional careers thus far.
H started at a really crappy job and moved to two more crappy jobs prior to landing the job he has now. The three previous jobs were all low paying and not rewarding, and his salary wasn't great. He always worked set house (8-5 ish) and worked hard despite the bad experience / pay.
His new job is amazing - he makes great pay (we bring in approx equal salaries) and works hard but not long hours. His typical day is probably 8 to 3:30 or 4, with an occasional longer day. What he does is fun and easy for him.
I have been with the same company all along. I have always made more than him, but my job has been very challenging and time consuming. My typical day is 8:30 to 6:30, but I am often working much longer hours and very rarely shorter hours. I go through waves of liking and hating what I do, but am always stressed and not completely happy.
I am SO happy that he has found a good paying, fun job but now I am feeling really jealous and sad that we are making the same amount of money and I feel like I have gotten the shaft. He is completely supportive of me finding something else but we also really like making the money we make and would be sad to take a pay cut.
I don't know what the solution is and don't want to resent him, but I work from home and it's really hard to see him home at 3:30 every day and still be stuck to my desk being miserable for another 3 hours.