Allow me a gross over-simplification from a paper out of Germany.
Money makes conservatives happy.
Status makes liberals happy.
Is this generalization surprising? Modern liberals are more collectivist and tend to propose "systems" solutions to problems (hence the "big government" thing). Modern conservatives are often called greedy.
What fascinates me is how these generalizations may explain the ideological slant of some professions. College professors are more liberal than the national population, and the major currency of academia is status--it certainly isn't money! Journalists are another group that clusters left-of-center and is compensated more by awards and social standing than by dollars.
What are the parallel professions on the right?