Life was in the Mayan Empire as a noble or priest was not bad. They were right under the king, which was a good place in the social pyramid. They were the only members in society who could read or write. They were the ones who carried out the decisions of the ruler and ran the city.
They watched over the temple being built and collected taxes. They also led the armies, and wore fancier clothes. They wore gold jewelry and wore skins of jaguar. Priests maintained the relationships with the gods. It wasn't all that bad, and had some good parts to it.