Compared to, say, an engineer just starting out at $80k/year+, you will find work as a journalist will be lower-paid. A good place to start is at a smaller paper in an area where the cost of living isn't so high. You may haver to settle for a salary in the high 20s/low 30s. Get your experience, gain some clips (samples of your work that have been published) and then you can start climbing up the income ladder. Don't forget many companies need writers -- it's not only newspapers that need journalists!