Missions don't pay jack sh*t. Losing 2k every time you die prevents people from actually having fun. I would love to be able to have big cop chases, sneak into the military base, go on suicidal missions, or have free mode stand offs with friends, but am unable to do that thanks to ridiculous obamacare hospital bills.
...and for those douches saying "but it's realistic," no it isn't, shut the hell up. I wouldn't consider getting your face blown off, going to the hospital for 5 seconds, and leaving with a perfectly restored face for 2k "realistic"
Missions do pay well actually...I get 10 - 25k per mission now. If you bothered to play properly and level up you'd realise that cash is easier to come by as you progress.
1 x 25k missions means you can go and kill yourself 12 times and still have enough left for ammo.
You can all bitch as much as you want....the fact is that this is the design of the game and it won't be changed. Deal with it.