IF you have design and print knowledge then the pay is exceptional. My girlfriend has a degree in design and has been doing web page design for about 6 years now. She makes about 50 dollars an hour currently, but when the economy was a little better she was up to 70 for some jobs.
The real problem is that so many people like myself just want to break into the field with Flash and that’s it… my suggestion is to do what I’m doing.
A) Learn other programs. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Dreamweaver; A couple of back end programing languages like PHP, ASP, Coldfusion… mySql etc.
B) Try to get yourself a job at a print shop. Kinkos is a good place to start, though I’d suggest a straight print shop. Learn what ever you can from that business.
Try to develope a portfolio. Take everything you create, retool it until it looks nice, and then gather it together in a nice display that you can bring with you to job interviews.
Ultimately at this point in the economy of America, it’s not that easy to make good cash doing this… but I see that changing in the future.