Just took a job but didn't ask about pay – did I make a mistake?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@newcitylights:  I’ve never asked about pay before but that’s because one job offered it up hoping to get me right away. For my other positions I have no idea how to tactfully bring it up so I don’t. CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING A JOB!

Post # 4
Hostess
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Maybe you should have but I think you should just do it now since you are unemployed and were looking for anything. A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush. If the others call later, you can think about it then.

Post # 5
Member
4810 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would assume it’s minimum wage, but hopefully more! Call and ask!!

Post # 6
Member
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@newcitylights:  Generally, you should always ask but if any job is better than no job, it doesn’t really matter.  You should go ahead and call your contact to find out what the pay is.  If you get another offer, most states are at will employment states so you can quit and take the other job if you want.

Post # 7
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m in the opinion of “any job is better than no job”, so I wouldn’t have thought to ask, either!

Though the last job I got and didn’t ask about what the pay was, I was AMAZED to find that I was making $13/hr! Which is the most I’d ever made by $2.50/hr.

So cross your fingers for $9-11, but anything’s better than being unemployed!

Post # 8
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4819 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I always ask. 

Post # 9
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3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Congratulations! 😀

Post # 12
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1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@vmec:  Just out of curiosity because I will be looking for a higher paying position within my field after my degree, how do you ask?

‘I was wondering what teh starting salary is for x position?’

Nothing ever sounds right to me!

Post # 13
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248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Congrats on the new job!

I always ask about pay.  However, I’ve never been unemployed.  I think I might just forget if I was because I’d be happy to be employed.  Reguardless of what you’re making it’s probably more than you are now.

If it doesn’t make much, or you don’t like it, it’s like my dad always says, “The best time to look for a job is when you already have one.”

 

Post # 14
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2084 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@newcitylights:  Yes you should have asked. You should always ask about pay prior to accepting a job. And I am also quite surprised the people interviewing you did not mention it themselves after you had not done so. Weird.

Post # 15
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2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@newcitylights:  They should have offered that info to you before offering you the job.  Usually its minimum wage with part timers.

Post # 16
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5007 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@newcitylights:  I would call your contact and say something along the lines of, “I was so excited to accept the job that I totally forgot to ask what the pay is!”

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