I am starting a Master's program but am a bit concerned about wages after I graduate. I would like to do the clinical/mental health track but am just wondering about what I can expect as far as future wages. Are there any really well paying jobs out there, particularly on the East/West Coast. Or should I instead focus on medical social work as it seems maybe that pays a little better. I have found a few jobs that pay extremely well, like one applied behavioural analysis position in NYC that paid 85/hr and a few gov't jobs in California that seem to pay very high like (80,000/yr) but often I find jobs that pay in the 30,000s. I really don't want to be making that kind of money, especially with the student loans that I have to pay back.
I mean, I don't mind waiting a few years to be making good money. I don't expect to come straight out of a MSW program and make that type of money. But I think after 5 yrs experience, I'd hope there might be opportunities out there. Any suggestions on what path I should take if I want to do social work AND have some money?