Poor for life? Nope.
An old gf of mine was a clinical psych, specialising in CBT and kids.
Her first ten years at a charitable institution wasn't too shabby at around AUD$50K per annum gross, but when she moved to private practice that moved swiftly to $80K and kept increasing.
It's ten years later and she's pulling more than AUD$150K.
Happy? Yes. Poor? Heck no. She's doing nicely.