Is protecting our planet from aliens really only worth $187,000?

Today, I came across an article describing NASA's search to hire someone to, no joke, actually protect the Earth from alien life. Like, Men In Black style-shit. 

Your first, last, and only line of defense against the worst scum in the universe.

Your first, last, and only line of defense against the worst scum in the universe.

At first, I was like, this is a total dream job!

And I even shared it in a private Facebook group I belong to, with that exact message. Because who WOULDN'T want that job? It sounds like everything you ever pretended as a kid, times a million.

NASA is looking for someone with:

advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection,” experience overseeing nationally significant space programs and have demonstrated “skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussion.

But then I got to the bottom of the page, which detailed the pay for such an important job: $124,406 to $187,000 annually.

Is protecting all human life really only worth a maximum of $187,000?

And what does it mean for us mere mortals, creating art, writing words, and making things? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!