Education, job, and money really don't mean a whole lot to me. As long as he's employed, living within his means and happy with what he's doing then I'm fine with his job and earnings.
And I have had very satisifying long term relationships with men that were technically of lower "status" than the one generally assigned to me and enjoyed them for long periods of time.
And I've had relationships with men technically of a similar or higher socially assigned status. I know it happens that people depart from the script, but that is beyond my personal experience, so I have trouble understanding it directly. What would a woman want a man for if he was just himself?
It never dawned on me that that was the problem, ‘til our kids told him that he was not in my league, and really belonged with the biker crowd.
From the mouth of babes, that must have been painful for him to hear.
Typically, generally, for purposes of discussion, using the paper doll analogy, a woman will start with a man who has no value of his own and then add things to him. He sees her standing there naked and anything else that gets added is extraneous.