A former titan of my particular industry put it this way: "Nobody ever got rich off a salary. No matter how high the salary." If you want to get rich -- I mean fuck-you-money rich -- then you need to own something. That can be real property, it can be intellectual property, it can be a company, it can be a monetized idea, it can be patents, it can be a personal brand, it can be privileged access to something desirable and in short supply, or whatever the case may be. But ownership confers wealth. More specifically: ownership of something others want to buy* from you confers wealth. In this sense, no, trying to maximize a corporate salary and squirrel away as much money as you can save over 30+ years is not going to make you wealthy. If you want to become really wealthy, you need to take risk and work your ass off to realize the return on that risk. *Whether literally or figuratively. So how do you explain people who make many millions as part of their salary. Not rich enough for you?