Host said: Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?
What skills should you learn to increase your salary?
Hi Milton: before you think about high salary earnings with benefits- prepare yourself to be the best and most qualified candidate to do this work every day.
You have to keep in touch with job trends; who the employers are; and build up your own employer/recruiter data base.
Right now---I think New York state pays very well (e.g. $30 - higher) per hour with benefits.
You have to ask yourself are you doing this work to really help people or doing a job that gives you a big salary and prestige?
You can get jobs in this area with only a Bachelors degree in any area; but, they do want experienced people who know how to secure real full-time jobs for people wanting them. Talk to other professionals in the field; look at the masters program on-line with Assumption College out of Worcester, Mass. Ask to speak with Lee Pearson the Director there, and you might want to think about earning a masters degree part-time while you are working. This is the best time to be engaged in a higher education track. The climate for employment will hopefully change soon, and you will be paid a higher salary with a masters degree and experience in the field. Take a smaller salary first to learn all you have to know---then, update your existing resume and start looking for better opportunities.
This is a big country. The North seems to pay higher; N.Y. state, et al. Rhode Island is also a very cool place for people to live and work in. We have Green Airport which is smaller than Logan in Boston, and easy access to other states. Best of luck