Ryan, in the initial phase of your career, you should be more bothered about studying this industry and enhancing your skills. Career choices must not be dictated by money alone. This is a common pitfall.
I think it's good to be asking these questions, and while money shouldn't be the only consideration, it's perfectly fine for it to be a primary consideration among other primary things (like hours worked/lifestyle- something that gets overlooked by college students.)
My advice to Ryan would be to spend the first two years quietly watching what people do and whether he would have fun doing it. When I showed up two years ago, I thought I wanted to be a trader. The problem is that most traders have not-so-intellectually challenging jobs. Then I thought I'd like to be a desk quant, but those guys work 70 hours a week and look like they're 50 when they hit 35 from all of the stress. I realized that working as a quant in research would probably be the most interesting and enjoyable job.