The answer to the question of how much money you want to make always seems to be “more” Realistically, how much would you have to make to feel content?
Productivity blog Lifehack suggests considering just how much money you really want or need to make (among several other factors) before you choose a job or career:
The overall idea here is to pick a lifestyle, not a job title. Keep in mind that this, too, will change as you grow into your career and potentially have a family. For the best results, set monetary goals in increments of 5 years, and check these goals against your chosen path.
Some studies have shown that around $80,000 per year is the plateau at which day-to-day happiness doesn’t increase, but is this enough to achieve your overall goals? How much money do you think you would have to make to accomplish everything you want to accomplish? More importantly, how does that affect your career decisions? Or — if that question seems too personal — are you content with where you are, or do you feel like you need to make more?