Update: Big Salary Jump Negotiation

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2274 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Think of it this way, if you asked for a 25% pay raise at $45000, that puts you at $56250.  25% is a huge jump for an internal position, but not unheard of for external positions. A 10% raise at $45000, puts you near $50000.   My guess is that you’ll see a formal offer with a salary between $50k-$55k.   Does that mean you can’t ask for more?  No.  You can definitely try.  I just wanted to give you some figures, and put things in a perspective for you. Do you happen to know any coworkers who made an internal switch?  Maybe you can ask about their salary increase in terms of percentage?


Post # 4
4043 posts
Honey bee

@coffeegal85:  +1 

@ChicFoodist:  Are you basing that salary range off the consulting position or the associate level one they created? Because they did adjust the position title/duties, so I would expect them to adjust the pay. While you may speak 5 languages, are all languages relevant to the position? 

Last year, I made a huge salary increase (25%) after an internal promotion. I didn’t have to do much negotiating and I thought their offer was pretty fair. I did not meet all of the requirement, but did a really good job in my previous position. I knew I was quailifed, but I also recognized that jumping above 25% is unusual and could be a hard case to make.

While I would say definitely advocate for yourself, I would encourage you to not get too caught up in the amounts and possibly fray any relationships. It never hurts to ask, but pushing too hard may not bode well either.

Post # 6
4043 posts
Honey bee

@ChicFoodist:  I would probably expect the middle range. I assume people making the higher end have been in the position for a while (or are extremely well qualified) and are on the cusp of getting bumped to the next level. That’s just my thoughts though.

Post # 8
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve heard it’s good to wait out their offer, and if you’re happy with it, counter it with an extra 5-8k added.
We can offer you $10,000 for this position.
“That’s wonderful, but I crunched my numbers and I would need something in the $15,000 – 18,000 range.”

Something along those lines (think it was a bit more positively worded than mine is hahaha)

I don’t know, it’s a helpful tip to remember if you’re suddenly put on the spot.
I kept it tucked in the back of my mind during interviews, just in case.

But if you need to give them a number, decide on what you WOULD have shot for in the original spot, and do the same – tack on 5-8k! It’s an internal position so the worst they can say is “No” (I mean, still counter-offer any salary they give you in return)

I say high end of the middle range… it also give you room for raises if the next position is open 2-3 years down the line – because what if it takes longer?

Then you can plan your attack for your next promotion!

Anyway, congrats and good luck!

Post # 9
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’ve been reading your threads, trying to gain some of my own courage to counter a raise or start looking to move forward in my career. Thanks for being so open. 

Post # 11
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@ChicFoodist:  I once told my boss one time that I was going to start looking for new work and she looked all panicked and said they could talk again about my raise. 

Sometimes when they know they NEED you they just assume you’ll stay but when the chance of you walking away freaks them out enough they’ll usually do what it takes to keep you (if they can)

telling your employer you’re looking for a new job can backfire though. This depends on what relationship you have with your boss. But might be something you’re interested in.  

Post # 13
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@ChicFoodist:  that’s great! It’s wonderful when people support others growing in their careers! 

Post # 14
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@ChicFoodist:  Speaking from my experience, no one gets hired into the high level of the band. That would mean they are hiring an overqualified person, which they don’t think you are, and that there’s no development/raise opportunity. Even the lowest band is a big jump for you so I would see what they offer and negotiate from there. You don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot asking for huge sums of money. 

Post # 15
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ChicFoodist:  Congrats on the offer! I say ask for the max!  If you think you’re qualified and “worth” that much, then go for it.

While 15k is a big jump, when it comes down to your paycheck, it’s not going to feel like much.  Go big or go home! Don’t sell yourself short!

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