Post # 1
I am in a bit of career limbo since finishing my PhD last year and have had a few job offers, so I got to learn about the wonder that is salary negotiation. I was doing some research and found this article that said that only 7% of women (in a study of men and women with MBAs) negotiated their salary, compared to 57% of men! They go over tips and stuff; it’s a pretty useful article. Here’s the link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2013/06/17/why-women-must-ask-the-right-way-negotiation-advice-from-stanfords-margaret-a-neale/
Anyway, I wanted to see what the stats look like here!
So the question is, did you negotiate salary for your job? Let’s say this is your current job, or your most recent job if you don’t work or are in school. If you put in a significant effort (i.e. asked more than once) and they said no because they just couldn’t afford it, then you can still answer yes. I also added “N/A” for special situations where you could not negitiate, like a postdoctoral position where the salary is set by the NIH or if you had an unpaid internship or something.
Post # 2
I negotiated on my last offer, and they wouldn’t compromise at all, so I walked. I wasn’t too invested in the job and they were seriously lowballing me.
Post # 3
RunnerBride13: Yes and no. I have had 2 different jobs post college graduation and two promotions at my current organization. I have never directly negotiated my salary.
My first job was a fellowship program and they would not allow negotiation because all the Fellows made the same amount.
My second job (at my current org) offered a very generous salary and benefits package that was almost a 50% increase from my previous job. So I didn’t feel the need to negotiate. However, in the past two years at this organization, I have been promoted twice. Each time I gained more responsibility and had to manage more people. Before receiving a formal offer, I was asked what type of compensation and benefit increases I was interested in gaining. Then they made an offer which I gladly accepted.
I have been fortunate to work for a very generous and fair organization so far. When I do move, I expect to and will if necessary negotiate my salary.
Post # 4
No. Unfortunately my job isn’t one you can negotiate in too much. I already had a job and just wanted this job for supplemental income. I admit, I didn’t realize just how low the pay was until I really got into the job. It hardly is worth my time to work it, so I rarely do. I try to motivate myself to work it when there is little to be done around the house, but my original job has picked up in workload, so I have very little time left to dedicate to them these days.
Post # 5
I have a Bachelor’s degree and I did tell my employer up front what I would be willing to work for, but my situation was a little different because my employer wanted me to work for him-I did not apply for a job. I just told him I wanted a matching salary to what I was already making and brought in a current pay stub. He agreed and we also agreed that I would be evaluated for a raise each year based on my job preformance. Last year, my annual raise time came and went and I didn’t get a raise-so I asked him about it and told him I felt I was exceeding my job expectations and it turns out he just forgot and he gave me double the raise he gave me the year before. So, I do think it pays to be assertive if you go about it the right way. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know!
Post # 6
My rule of thumb is to always negotiate. The worst they can say is no. But chances are, and at least in my experience, they do bump it up at least a little from their initial offer, if not more.
Post # 7
RunnerBride13: I didn’t negotiate, because they were willing to let me have a start date of over 2 months after they hired me (I’m still in grad school, and could have easily started 2 weeks sooner, or started part time a month sooner). I felt that they were being very generous by letting me start when I requested (no questions asked), even though they knew I could have started sooner. I felt like it would be really awkward for me to say “thanks for hiring me and letting me start 2 months from now–can I also have more money?” It’s my first job in the industry (and frankly I’m surprised they hired someone so green), so I didn’t want to push my luck. Also, the salary they offered was 10k more than I expected–so that didn’t hurt! I was prepared to negotiate if it was lower than what I felt the position warranted, but not for the salary they did offer.
Post # 8
I did. I knew they wanted me, since I was ofered the job 2 hours after I interviewed. I was so scared to negotiate, because I hate things like that, but I asked for it and I got it! It was awesome.
If I would have been told no I would have still accepted the first offer. Now my future earning potential is much higher. Down the road when I’m looking for new work I have more power to back up a higher salary for myself then, thus possabily giving me a much higher lifetime income.
Post # 9
Yep and it paid off. By switching to this job (where they recruited me), I was able to increase my salary by 26% compared to my last job. My career earning potential is thus much higher now.
Post # 10
bmo88: That’s awesome!!
Oooh_snap: I have a contract editing job like that. I basically don’t do it because it’s not worth my time anymore!
MilaBeth: Wow that’s awesome about the raise! That’s basically the same thing as negotiating, but you probably have even more leverage if they really like you.
AnnieAAA: I agree! I’ve never heard of someone not getting a job because they tried to negotiate. If you ask for something unreasonable, then I guess that’s another story.
pineapplez17: Definitely! That’s a form of negiation for sure.
SweetFlower: That’s the position I am in! I asked for more, but I know that I would take the job either way.
Post # 11
I did negotiate salary for my last job (and got it a little higher than they offered originally), but for my current job, I accepted the offer.
Post # 12
I negotiate every single job i ever had.
1st: they offered 30 i negotated to 35
2nd: they offered 35 and iasked for 40
3rd: they offered 52 , i asked for 62, and we came to 57.
Post # 13
I negotiated my salary from $600 per week to $1000 per week when I started my new job last year. I’m currently in negotiations for a pay increase after speaking up when I was given new responsibilities at work that weren’t a part of my original job description. There’s no harm in asking, and I think in a lot of ways it makes you look very confident and self assured. I think the only thing is if you are negotiating for a better salary package, you have to be willing to work your very hardest and show that they didn’t make a mistake in you.
Post # 14
I negotiate the hell out of all my jobs. They respect you for it.
Post # 15
My last job offer was very strong, 20k a year over my job before it. I was certain there was not going to be any negotiation take place but just as a long shot, I asked for a higher salary and was promptly notified the offer was firm as it was. needless to say, I accepted anyway.