Incentivize the higher wage, and then you don't need to play a cop all the time.So here's my take. A "high wage" employee should bring more value than a low wage one, or he oughtn't be a high wage employee. And whether you should hire one or the other is really dependent on the type of work done in your shop and the level of supervision you want the employee to work under. In a larger shop I think it would be good to have a mix... Lower wage guys for the grunt work that's basic stuff and doesn't require much thinking. Higher wage guys for supervision and/or higher grade work.