If you paid for extensive education and training, in order to get a job and make money to live, then you're no different from a professional musician. You certainly hope for fair wages and respect. And you're no different from a professional musician.
Do you expect to pay your plumber? Your car mechanic? Your doctor?
Please be kind to full-time professional musicians. I promise you that we wouldn't rather do anything in this whole world than play music for you!