Even your worst case scenario in IT is pretty unheard of anywhere else in the world.
In Germany, no engineer (in an engineering position) will earn more than 150K USD before he is 30. I bet the percentile who will ever reach that in an engineering position is really really small. (love to be proven differently!)
Dont think its much different in the UK/France or anywhere else in Europe.
So yeah, its always good to keep things in perspective :)