It depends if one is older without dependents and their health is adequate perhaps the high paying job would be the one to consider. Since they may indeed be in the career for a relatively short time and their healthcare needs are minimal.
However, never underestimate any position that offers career growth, especially if it also offers significant fringe benefits like significant healthcare, pension, life insurance, liability insurance, education benefits, daycare options, etc.
I began as an assistant professor long ago. Due to the factor of career growth through the years I was promoted through positions such as a director of an institute, program manager and subsequently to the illusive title of Senior Professor & Psychologist; that is, after rising and doing time as an Associate and Full Professor. Now as a Senior Professor and Psychologist I am allowed the freedom and flexibility to pursue my research and travel the world.
My "brats" are about to graduate college and have saved tens of thousands by a significant fringe benefit I have for dependents. I was comatose for a month and my medical bills approached a cool million; yet I paid very little and more importantly, I thank God, that I had such comprehensive healthcare including rehabilitation at the hospital. Despite being brain dead and comatose I am still granted life insurance in an amount equal to 5 times my annual salary, approximately 1/2 million despite my rather significant actuary risks. Although I love my college position and I do not think of it as work, and I can't imagining retiring; I have a non-contributory pension that is positioned to supply for all of my and my Better Half's needs as we enter our twilight. Yet although in 2 years I will reach full-retirement need; at the rather young hockey playing age of 26 for the 2nd go around our sun I can't imagine retiring...
I believe it is in one's interest and loved ones' interest to be a part of a career that offers these fringe benefits above and beyond salary.