My conclusion is that your friend is about a 5-10 behind the market reality.
I could easily go into pharmacy, but the market reality is that the wages from ten years ago have halved and continue to dwindle. A lot of the "average salaries" considers the wages that the older generations made, and ignores the most recent market dynamics. STEM outside of certain engineering fields has been significantly affected in the last 10 years. Right now, at the moment, may graduates struggle to find jobs that can (a) pay them well; and (b) aren't capped once they reach the early six figures.
So often these comparisons seem to be between the average lawyer and the top end of another profession. For example, realtors were mentioned. Realtors who make a killing can clear 200k in their first year. But for every highly successful realtor there are five others scraping by with one or two sales per year.
The career path I was on before law school would have maxed out at 100k per year if I was an absolute superstar, worked crazy hours, and got extremely lucky. But it was far more likely I'd have stayed in the 50-70k range for my career. At least in my case, law seems worth it.
In my defence my ONLY post in this thread was when I was drunk. Aside from today.
Also, please take this whole thread with a heaping grain of salt. I forgot that one of the early contributors was our pretend premed person who no longer posts here, and about 75% of everything they said was completely made up.
In other words, this thread is the perfect arena for this perrennial pissing match.