How much should I request as a raise?

posted 2 months ago in Career
Post # 17
189 posts
Blushing bee

Do you have anyone else in your industry to go to for advice? TBH I think it’s bad advice to say not to ask for a raise at all, or settle for less. If I were you, I would find a male and ask their opinion on what they would do. Many women would not ask for a raise, and even in the article I posted a female manager was not used to people asking for raises. That doesn’t mean it doesnt happen and it doesnt mean you aren’t worth it. 

Post # 21
900 posts
Busy bee

NikkiBee18 :  I’m late to this party, but I think you need to re-frame your ask: you’re not asking for a 10% annual raise, you’re asking for a one-time “salary adjustment” to bring your pay up to market rate. It sounds like you’ve done some industry research and realize you are underpaid so who cares if the company’s annual COL pool is 2-3% or if you got a 5% raise once for growing a lot that year? You’re still underpaid and as a valuable employee, you’d like to see your employer step up to the plate to compensate you fairly.


Ask for 10%. Present industry pay research as well as documentation of what you bring to the company.


And never, ever choose not to negotiate your pay before accepting a job offer again.


Good luck!

Post # 23
900 posts
Busy bee

NikkiBee18 :  A 10% increases brings you to the low end of industry pay? Does your org have a reputation for poor pay? Do you have other perks that are better than average in your industry like summer Fridays or a 10% 401k match? And what kind of number is 10% – are you underpaid by $2500 or $8000?  How much experience do you have compared to the average worker in your position in your industry? 


Post # 25
6433 posts
Bee Keeper

NikkiBee18 :  I asked and got a 18% raise.  I brought in accomplishments, and justification and fair market value for why I deserved the raise.  Always aim higher so that if you have to settle, you can hopefully get closer to what you wanted in the first place.  Such as you want a 7% raise, ask for a 10% raise.

Post # 26
1498 posts
Bumble bee

My employees can ask for a raise all they want, but if their performance doesn’t exceed expectations, then it doesn’t matter.  Not to mention, our caps are set by the University System.  Last year, no one was given a merit raise across the entire system.  

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