I haven’t seen anyone talk about this yet but honestly this is what made Mike one of my all time faves instead of just a fave from It. Everyone else makes WELL over 90k per year (we don’t know exactly how much more but for Bill it’s 800k) and Mike only makes 11k. Yet he isn’t the slightest bit bitter when everyone else thought he might be (implying they’d all feel at least some sort of resentment at being left to research while everyone else was successful). In fact, he’s basically just laughing and completely patient while HE reassures THEM. If I ever see anyone saying he’s anything less than THE most selfless, kindhearted person, I’m gonna flip.