I'm a graphic designer and I get paid hourly or by the project, depending on how much its going to end up being. I had just finished a large, back-breaking project that gave me a nice 4 digit sum and went to go deposit my check at the bank.
The teller looks at my check, her eyes go all buggy, she looks back at me (I'm...in my pajamas and kinda shabby looking admittedly....it had been snowing at the time and I live in a small town, who really cares, also I'm 24 but look really young) and goes "WOW.....what do /you/ do?" I tell her I'm a graphic designer. She goes "So are you in school too or do you do this full time?" "I'm in school". "Wow I'm in the wrong job" and then just goes on to talk about how much money I apparently make for someone so young and who's a student to boot.
Now, I live in a small town. People are really really conversational here and I know she didn't mean anything by it and so I just shrugged it off. I told this to my boyfriend who used to work at a bank and he told me it was really unprofessional and that you're never supposed to comment on how much someone is making or how much is in their account.
Now, I'm freelance, so I don't always get paid that much. I've had several skinny months, in fact the last 6 months have been incredibly skinny, that was my last big project. When I deposited that check I received utmost courtesy and a "Yes Miss (Lastname) right away miss (lastname)" but now that I'm essentially not making that kind of money for now, I'm treated like a kid with a piggy bank, which is really irritating.
I think next project I'm just going to deposit it at the ATM so I don't have to be asked any questions. I like the bank otherwise, but I feel weird about being asked about my income :/