After joining the company, I found that I was in the lowest salary range. How can I request a raise?

Updated on : January 21, 2022 by Barrett Gallagher



After joining the company, I found that I was in the lowest salary range. How can I request a raise?

There are two factors that influence what you get paid: what you are worth and what you will accept.

Salary brackets and career levels are tools that companies use to provide adequate compensation. Sometimes you get hired at the top of a group, sometimes in the middle, sometimes at the bottom. It does not mean that they are cheating or rewarding you, it is just what they decided to give you and you accepted.

Unless you have a strong indication that a higher figure is worth it and you were scammed, I recommend waiting until the next performance review, when it can show good performance for you.

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There are two factors that influence what you get paid: what you are worth and what you will accept.

Salary brackets and career levels are tools that companies use to provide adequate compensation. Sometimes you get hired at the top of a group, sometimes in the middle, sometimes at the bottom. It does not mean that they are cheating or rewarding you, it is just what they decided to give you and you accepted.

Unless you have a strong indication that you are worth a higher figure and have been let down, I recommend waiting until your next performance review, when you can show strong performance for your compensation and tier. That's a good case for a significant raise and possibly a promotion.

This is a common situation: it is the consequence of not doing your homework before and during the offer negotiations to understand what its true value is and ask for the right amount.

You can ask your boss what it will take to move you up to a higher salary and ask for their help in terms of coaching, training, feedback, work assignments, and what the typical time frame would be for this to happen.

Keep in mind that you are not demanding a salary increase now, you are looking for what you can do to get there.

If you feel so dissatisfied that you decide to move on, do not repeat the same

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This is a common situation: it is the consequence of not doing your homework before and during the offer negotiations to understand what its true value is and ask for the right amount.

You can ask your boss what it will take to move you up to a higher salary and ask for their help in terms of coaching, training, feedback, work assignments, and what the typical time frame would be for this to happen.

Keep in mind that you are not demanding a salary increase now, you are looking for what you can do to get there.

If you're so dissatisfied that you decide to move on, don't repeat the same mistake. Find out what it's worth before you start your offer negotiations. Don't blame the company for being fiscally responsible and giving you what you asked for. Do a better job taking care of yourself.

Well, you got what you asked for. So technically there is nothing wrong with that. The fact that they put you in the lower group could be due to the fact that similar people in your position have a higher profile and thus the $ 40k difference.

If you performed well enough, you could mention this in your performance review and ask for a raise as well.

Think about this question to yourself for a long time.

Rarely do you really want more money. If you are in a small or medium-sized business, $ 40,000 for them is quite a lot. I have personally given raises and huge bonuses to people who have solved problems for me.

You'll feel 500% better receiving a raise or bonus you've earned, rather than something you think you're entitled to.

Think about that well.

Let's break it down:

  1. Salary increases mainly occur as: merit increases, salary corrections, cost of living increases, promotions and transfers between companies.
  2. When wages start out low, merit increases and salary correction can significantly increase your salary. In my first year of work, my salary doubled due to a combination of merit and a salary correction.
  3. As time goes on, depending on the company, you are probably stuck in a "gang". One gang, at least in corporate America, tries to give a salary range for the work it is doing. When it is significantly below the midpoint, merit incr
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Let's break it down:

  1. Salary increases mainly occur as: merit increases, salary corrections, cost of living increases, promotions and transfers between companies.
  2. When wages start out low, merit increases and salary correction can significantly increase your salary. In my first year of work, my salary doubled due to a combination of merit and a salary correction.
  3. As time goes on, depending on the company, you are probably stuck in a "gang". One gang, at least in corporate America, tries to give a salary range for the work it is doing. When you are significantly below the midpoint, the merit increases are usually higher, as you get closer and past the midpoint they become significantly lower.
  4. To get out of the band and into the next highest band, some form of promotion is usually required.
  5. Another way to get a significant raise, and perhaps a promotion, is by moving between companies.

So, let's put this breakdown in perspective for your question.

  1. To get a 1500% raise, and your salary is really small, you can wait using merit / cost of living / salary corrections. Still, this probably won't get you where you want to go (at least not in a reasonable amount of time).
  2. To accelerate your earnings, promotions are the easiest and least disruptive way. Still, depending on the company, getting promotions can be a function of time (or politics). A major US company only gets promoted to Senior Engineers after 5 years, AND if the current Senior Engineers vote for them. If you find yourself in this type of environment, you can map your path quite with certainty and see what the increase in salary would be like.
  3. In addition to promotions, you can move between companies. If you are successful in just one venture and move on after a great success, you can multiply your profits. So for example, if you get a 10% promotion from Company A, you can use the new compensation for salary base for going to Company B.

    The problem with this approach is that depending on your location, it may require you to move to other locations. This adds an additional complexity to the conversation which is the difference in the cost of living. I can, for example, demand a much higher salary if I work in the San Francisco Bay area in California, but since I work in South Carolina, functionally this would not be a raise for me. In fact, I would lose the money that I have to spend. Worse still, I could end up trapped as my salary could be so high that I couldn't find another job outside of the area that didn't even come close to me.

Therefore, increasing by 1500% in a short period of time (less than 5 years) is probably almost impossible unless your salary is really small and you are about to complete an education that can give you significant promotions.

If increasing your salary at these levels is really that important to you, you would consider a combination of promotions and company moves, with the education necessary to make this happen.

Another option is to create your own business. This can greatly improve your salary, but it can take 3 years to become profitable and you need to eat while the business is just getting started. You may receive a salary ahead of time, but every dollar you make from the business is something you cannot use to earn more money.

To put it in perspective, in 34 years, I have increased by 1000% in 34 years. In the beginning, my salary was not small and I like to stay in my companies for a while, so if I had taken a more aggressive approach to moving, I could have increased my salary significantly, but to be honest, it was not. That's important to me. I like my family :)

Finally, remember that, to some extent, your salary is limited to a value for your job function. If your only skill is working in the mailroom, you can only go so far. Look at the real value of your skills, and if that money is not enough, you need to increase your skills (maybe more education).

Good luck!

Once offered by my company, it is a confirmation of work. If you are trying to create a trading cycle, then it is bad to do so. How this cycle can go on forever. If Company B is the company that you really want to join once they provide the offer, then it's worth it.

If you have a salary separation email from Company A, please send it in place of the offer letter. Companies need to get approval to increase the package and that needs HR to produce some proof. I have shared the pay gap email with the company so they can use it to get approval for a higher package. I've even shared an offer letter and a bot.

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Once offered by my company, it is a confirmation of work. If you are trying to create a trading cycle, then it is bad to do so. How this cycle can go on forever. If Company B is the company that you really want to join once they provide the offer, then it's worth it.

If you have a salary separation email from Company A, please send it in place of the offer letter. Companies need to get approval to increase the package and that needs HR to produce some proof. I have shared the pay gap email with the company so they can use it to get approval for a higher package. I have even shared an offer letter and both times they have provided me with a higher package.

Ask them to speak to upper management first and get a chance for a package that they can give. If you can give it, just provide the proof, such as the breakdown email or offer letter. They have to make sure it's authentic and if you really want to join the company, you need to be ready to provide them with an offer letter if you don't have a salary break email. Do it once they have decided to equal or give more. I don't see any harm in that, since you are negotiating, that in itself calls for proof, otherwise all other candidates will start doing this if they follow your words.

Many companies do not attend it and if they do it means that they value your candidacy. If you are taking this hassle and the company is taking care of it, make sure you join that company. This is just my point of view, do not do this to each and every one of the companies that you find on the way (even if you do not want to join).

But if it's okay for them not to give a new offer without providing them with Company A's offer, then tell them that they cannot share it because it is confidential. Ask them if they don't provide the details for Company A, will they still be able to accommodate the request? It is your choice based on how much you want to join Company B.

At the end of the day, it is you who choose what you want to do as your operator. No risk, no profit!

Best of luck!!

Build a case.

6 months is a short time. If you were hired on a low salary to see if you prove your worth, then make your case to show that you have proven your worth.

If they hired you, you have provided a higher value than they expected, that is, you are not only doing what they paid you (working as an "associated widget builder"), but you are doing well above what they expected (the level of work and quality of a "senior widget builder"), then build the case to prove it. This case will be more difficult, so you also need to show how the market values ​​your skills (which people with your skills get paid), what

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Build a case.

6 months is a short time. If you were hired on a low salary to see if you prove your worth, then make your case to show that you have proven your worth.

If they hired you, you have provided a higher value than they expected, that is, you are not only doing what they paid you (working as an "associated widget builder"), but you are doing well above what they expected (the level of work and quality of a "senior widget builder"), then build the case to prove it. This case will be more difficult, so you must also show how the market values ​​your skills (what people are paid with your skills), what value you have brought, etc. Say it on your terms too.

It's not enough to say "I've done my job well, so I deserve more money." You get paid for doing your job well. If that's all you've done, it's best to look elsewhere for a raise.

Which reminds me, consider looking elsewhere and trying to get a competitive offer in your pocket. Not to put you against your employer, but in case you say "no" and you decide you'd rather go elsewhere.

Lastly, remember that company policies and current budget totals can make it impossible to get that raise, so be prepared for a "no" despite all your best efforts.

Best of luck.

This depends on many factors:

The industry you are in.

The country you are in.

How often you change companies (you can often receive a larger raise by changing companies rather than just receiving a raise internally ... however, you may not do this too often or you will be seen as a source of employment) .

How well you negotiate.

How well you do your job.

The success and profitability of your company.

And many many more factors.

In conclusion, some people are happy to receive a 3% raise every year. That's better than many companies give. But others are probably averaging a 5 to 12% increase per year between

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This depends on many factors:

The industry you are in.

The country you are in.

How often you change companies (you can often receive a larger raise by changing companies rather than just receiving a raise internally ... however, you may not do this too often or you will be seen as a source of employment) .

How well you negotiate.

How well you do your job.

The success and profitability of your company.

And many many more factors.

In conclusion, some people are happy to receive a 3% raise every year. That's better than many companies give. But others are probably averaging a 5-12% increase per year between getting raises and promotions and switching companies every few years.

In some extreme cases where your skill set is in high demand, it would be possible to change jobs and receive a raise of 20% to 40% or more. Software engineering in big cities like New York and San Francisco is one example. But again, that's for a job change, not an internal raise.

This answer was made a bit long, but I would say that if you receive something like 5-10% within your company, without taking on more responsibilities or a new job, it is a good increase.

You can write to Hr

Hello HR team

Thank you for extending the job offer to me as a digital marketing consultant for your company Pristyn Care. The opportunity to speak with you and the other executives has been enriching and enjoyable. The company's growth plans are exciting and challenging.

However, I have assessed your current offer and believe that further negotiations are necessary. I propose that we take another look at the salary you offered me so that it better takes into account my skills, education and experience.

I am very interested in working for your company, since b

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You can write to Hr

Hello HR team

Thank you for extending the job offer to me as a digital marketing consultant for your company Pristyn Care. The opportunity to speak with you and the other executives has been enriching and enjoyable. The company's growth plans are exciting and challenging.

However, I have assessed your current offer and believe that further negotiations are necessary. I propose that we take another look at the salary you offered me so that it better takes into account my skills, education and experience.

I am very interested in working for your company as I believe this position will help me develop my current strengths and capabilities as well as develop new ones. I hope to develop a long-term relationship with your organization, but I need a salary that is in line with my credentials and is sufficient to meet my personal needs. Let's get together and reconsider your offer. I am confident that we can come up with a figure that will satisfy both of us.

Thanks again for the offer. I'm sure we can come to an agreement.

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When I joined DEShaw I asked them for a number and they gave me almost the same, but some less.

It was kind of a sad feeling for me, but ... well.

In the next 4 months there was a review and they increased my salary by 42%.

Yes.

That was the number. 42%. Let that sink in.

I didn't ask for it. Absolutely.

They did it. Turns out they realized that I am earning well below the standard lead quota on DEShaw, so they corrected it + they were extremely happy with my performance.

So in short, yes, DEShaw & Co. did.

Yes, you can join, but the question is "Are they willing to take you now?"

If the requirements are high, the position is critical, then generally the business and talent acquisition team agrees and publishes the offer letter. But if it's a regular hire, they can deny it, as you've gutted them twice (once you asked for a review, then declined)

Since your offer was reviewed, I consider the position to be critical. If someone else has not been offered the same position, there is a possibility that you may get the same offer letter.

All the best !!

Well, they have already met your expectations, so it might be strange to reopen the discussion for negotiation.

Although this is a very delicate place to be and many would suggest never talking about salary again once accepted.

However, if you have another offer in hand AND there are enough facts to base your assumption, I think you can politely address them.

The only downside here is that HR (generally not Deloitte) is not very accessible in these scenarios. I have seen my friend's offer withdrawn when he tried to renegotiate an already accepted offer.

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Well, they have already met your expectations, so it might be strange to reopen the discussion for negotiation.

Although this is a very delicate place to be and many would suggest never talking about salary again once accepted.

However, if you have another offer in hand AND there are enough facts to base your assumption, I think you can politely address them.

The only downside here is that HR (generally not Deloitte) is not very accessible in these scenarios. I have seen my friend's offer withdrawn when he tried to renegotiate an already accepted offer.

The suggestion would be to play safe. If you have another offer, take a chance. if not, stay still. Also use the notification period to see what other offers match your potential. That should be your priority.

I hope this helps.

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