(Closed) NWR – NYC bees, I need advice on salary requirements.

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
2765 posts
Sugar bee

It may help to work backwards: how much money do you need to breakeven on living in NYC or the surrounding areas?  Then based on that, you can back out how much salary you need!

Post # 5
2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Agree with Mr. Bee.

Using for-profit companies as a point of comparison isn’t going to be very helpful.  I work for a private firm.  My friend, who has precisely the same amount of experience, does a similar/the same job at a public institution.  I make approx. twice what she does.

Depending on how many years of experience you have, I’d stick with ~$40K.  If the average salary is $42K I’d stay far away from anything in the $50K-$60K range to avoid being ruled out based on your requirements or appearing as though you haven’t done research.

Post # 6
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I live in Boston, which is cheaper than NYC but still very expensive. Salary.com puts my job at around $45,000, but I actually make $70,000 plus lots of bonuses/perks (thanks, corporate world!). Probably comes out to around $80,000 a year or a little more (before taxes). I make enough to live in an ok one-bedroom with room in the budget for savings and fun, while still living in the heart of a great neighborhood in Boston. Scale those numbers up a bit for NYC, and you’ve got a rough estimate. I could cut corners if I needed to (less eating out, less savings, less desirable or farther out neighborhood) which would make it doable on a smaller budget.

(aka Salary.com is NOT that accurate – got this job right out of school)

Post # 8
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

You could give them a range like $40,000 – $50,000 or $45,000 – $55,000. This way they know you are flexible without being too high to be ruled out.

Post # 10
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
Post # 12
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

If it helps, when I moved to NYC from DC, I was offered 15% more then what I was currently making. I negotiated for 20% more. I would always say higher than lower. If I were you, I would say I was looking for around $60K.

Post # 13
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d give a range, say something like based on my experience I am looking to earn between $45,000 and $55,000. I think that’s a safe bet for you

Post # 16
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have experience in Museum work, and unfortunately have seen very qualified people not get second interviews because their salary requirements are too high, without opportunity for further discussion.  Go in being very reasonable — don’t aim for the sky.  Get the job offer first, then negotiate higher pay/benefits.  It was sad to see people who put $55K as a salary requirement not even get a second look at a manager museum job…if only they had put less.




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