Should I Ask for a Raise?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
2624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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kristin36890 :  I would absolutely ask for a raise, honestly I’m surprised you’ve stuck it out for 5 years without one. 

Post # 3
1083 posts
Bumble bee

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kristin36890 :  show them the research if need be. Tell them you love your job but are underpaid. See if they will match the salary info you found online. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee

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kristin36890 :  you should definitely ask for a raise! 5 years without a pay rise is a very long time. You don’t realise how valuable you are to them. You have nothing to lose by asking. Do you think they’ll say no? And would you still stay if they say no?

Post # 5
2673 posts
Sugar bee

Absolutely! 5 years is way too long to go without a raise. 

Present him with information on all of the ways that you contribute to the company (if you have numbers & stats that back that up, use them), your qualifications and the industry averages. Remind him that you haven’t ever received a raise, but you haven’t brought it up before because you were invested in the growth of the company.

You should also suggest a number – likely one a bit higher than you actually expect to get. 10% is considered a high raise, but the average amount that salaries are raised PER YEAR is 3%. It’s also more reasonable if your salary is below the industry average. I would ask for a 10-12% raise, and settle for nothing less than 8%. 

If he refuses, you should walk because he’s taking advantage of you. 

Post # 6
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

You were entitled to a raise 4 years ago. A growing company means they’re doing well enough to grow so they’re certainly doing well enough to pay to keep a.loyal employee

Post # 7
1520 posts
Bumble bee

Speak up you’re being taken advantage of. The fact he deleted the 10% in front of you was probably testing the waters to see if he could get away with not increasing your salary, which he has. With your experience you could walk into a higher paying job I’m sure. 

Post # 8
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Yes you should ask! I believe unless a company is on life support, asking every few years is important! Take the data you’ve found, ask for one, if you don’t get one, look elsewhere. 

Post # 9
5 posts

You should definitely ask for a raise. Presently, you seem more invested in the company than it is in you. You have hung in there from the beginning until now which leads to the visualization of you growing with it. Not standing on the sideline watching. Go for it! And stand behind your words when you do!!

Post # 10
3253 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Yes, you should ask for a raise, but you need to be prepared with a more in-depth argument than “I’ve been here 5 years”.

Have you been doing the same amount of work with the same amount of responsibility for those 5 years? If so, then you can state your case for a raise that is in line with inflation.

I assume, however, that as the company has grown, your responsibilities have as well? If so, you need to show your boss your increased value since you started and lay out for him what you feel is reasonable compensation for the work you are now doing. You should also lay out for him the ways in which you would like to grow professionally over the next couple of years and how you envision your compensation reflecting that. 

I’m sure that you *do* deserve a raise – but it’s not because you’ve been there 5 years. You need to tell him WHY your compensation needs to be adjusted to reflect your increased value to the company. 

ETA: if your boss rejects your request to increase your compensation, your next course of action, assuming you don’t want to outright quit, is to inform him that in that case you will be reducing your workload and responsibilies to reflect the compensation, and drop off any responsibilities that you have acquired since that first year at the rate you were hired at. 

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