How to Make a Reasonable Salary Request

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After giving it a lot of consideration, you have decided that it's time to ask your boss for that well deserved raise. Before making your salary request do your homework, know what you want and be reasonable.

  • Think about the recent ways in which you created positive change in the organization and how you saved the organization money. You have completed a project ahead of schedule or you came up with a clever solution to eliminate overtime and still meet company goals. Regardless of your profession, be creative in showing your boss the ways in which you contributed beyond the call of duty.

  • Know the market salary rate. Download a free salary guide booklet; this will give you an idea of what the position is paying. These guides show the starting and ending salary for your position and the percentage of increase you can expect in the next year or two. You want to be sure you fall within those guidelines.

  • Check the classified ads. Look at jobs in the same field with similar task and responsibilities. Many times these ads will include a starting salary range.

  • Look online at Online.wsj.com and Acinet.org these sites provide additional information based on specific criteria such as, the degree of responsibility, experience, size of company and the location.

  • Compare apples to apples. If you currently work for a non-profit organization, look at other non-profit organizations for a salary comparison. For-profit companies can pay as much as double depending on the industry and the position.

  • Consider what you want and what will make you happy. Compensation is not just in the form of money. You might consider more vacation time, stock options, bonuses, laptop, or flexible hours. Rewards come in many forms.

  • Be confident, relaxed, stay positive and be prepared. An excellent delivery will seal the deal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not ask for a salary increase unless you are prepared.

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