Post # 1
I started my job right after graduating college in May of 2011 and foolishly did not negotiate my pay because I was honestly just happy to have a job.
I started at 40000 and this year (in January)got a small adjustment to 41200. However I recently found out that my coworker who recently left was paid 54500, and their replacement is being paid 50000. The new hire has no more experience than I do- do you think it is possible for me to negotiate a raise now? Or did I miss my chance?
FYI- the reason I know how much my coworkers make is because it is posted for the public. It is funded by state government but does not follow pay scales. And my pay bump was not a raise- my boss was careful to say that is was a pay adjustment and even told me it was not a raise.
Post # 4
I think now (that you found out what the new hire is earning) is the perfect time to ask! Speak with the appropriate person and say something like, “Why am I not being rewarded (with a raise) for being in this job 2 years, when a new hire with the same experience is getting 50000?”
BTW I’ve never done this myself, but I was once in a job where someone else was in the same situation and when he asked, he was effectively asking on my behalf too. We both got the raise 🙂
Post # 5
@paula1248: Thank you!
I am trying to decide the best way to go about this, should I write a letter? Or just have a conversation?
Post # 6
@careerdriven: Sorry, I’m really terrible at this sort of thing and I don’t think I’m the person to ask. Because like I said, it only worked for me because someone else (who started at the same time as me, before the new hire) asked.
OK, having said that I’m terrible at it, my feeling is to ask in person. It’s just a bit more “off the record”. And that’s what my co-worker did.
But I really hope you can get some other answers, from people who have actually done it.
Post # 7
I know this was a few weeks ago and you might have already decided how to handle the situation, but I personally think that you can’t go wrong with a personal conversation. It makes you appear more direct and confident than just sending a letter which can come off passive-aggressive. I would also recommend going into your scheduled meeting (not an impromptu sit down) with kind of an outline of what you want to discuss. I would begin by mentioning your job performance highlights (your strong points, situations you have handled particularly well recently, etc.) and then explain that you have become aware that others are being brought into to your position with similar experience and being paid much more. Then ask them if they are willing to match your compensation to better reflect your abilities and experience. It costs much more money to hire a new person and train them than to keep an existing good employee happy. Hopefully they’ll pony up the money.