Present day I find it very easy to land a development position in web/biz dev. and the compensation is so far fantastic. That being said, I still find an enormous amount of discrimination by engineers & co-workers who have one (or several) degrees. I'm not exactly the most secure person, and I've always had a shy personality (with a touch of social anxiety) so I don't exactly brush off co-workers jokes or remarks. Really it makes me question my situation and assess my goals.
It sounds to me like that's your real reason for pursuing a degree. You already have no trouble landing jobs and getting excellent pay. If the only thing you're trying to solve is the problem of people looking down their noses at you, you may never be able to solve that -- certainly not by just getting a degree. The piece of paper is not a magic portal to the land of respect of your peers.
Take the degree if you want to learn. Not because you want respect.
That's an interesting point to make because I've generally reversed your last statement throughout my life. That isn't to say getting a degree held no value of learning, it's just something that's always been preached as essential for being a part of society. It's interesting at this point in my life to hear the opposite so frequently, and it's obvious to me now that it's not a golden key to getting hired.
I think the point you are making is that there will always be people that find a reason to "look down their noses at you", which I agree with. I do however have direct experience with being treated differently because I have never attended college. I'm starting to think however that this is more of an issue with the environment I'm in. One idea for the short term I'm considering is just applying for a different department at my company(get on a different dev. team)...
At any rate thanks for the words, much appreciated.