So I met this person (opposite gender) online and we were just getting to know each other. I noticed I am struggling a lot with talking to someone who may think themselves - at least on a superficial level - less well off and "less intelligent" than I seem to be: We are both students and so we talked about our respective subjects. My study program happens to "sound impressive" as it is associated with high intelligence and especially mathematical ability. My field also happens to be associated with significantly higher salaries than theirs. I don't know how to respond to something like "You must be really intelligent then!" and "I heard you guys make a lot of money right?". To make things worse, I can not say the same thing about their subject, otherwise I would sound obviously dishonest. Moreover, the exact same thing came right after with our respective universities: My university happens to be highly prestigious whereas theirs may be more regarded as average. Of course I personally coulnd't care less about such superficial things however I then get worried that they start to think of themselves low or less worth because of me. I try to thank them for their praises and kind of deflect or ask them something about themselves but it always feels soo awkward to me.
So my question is: How to handle such situations and make the other person feel comfortable or even reciprocate their laudatory words without sounding dishonest or superficial especially considering facts are facts and cannot be changed?