How do you request a raise in salary?
March 17, 2010 9:17am CST
Dear mylotter, I always have no self-confidence to request a raise in salary. I have almost 9 years working experience, but my salary is not high. I don't know how to bring it up. Do you have the experience about increasing salary? Could you give me some advice? Thank you in advance!
17 Mar 10
I did ask for a wage rise once. I looked at the reasons that I thought I was worth more money and I wrote them out for myself. Then I asked the manager at work . I just said I thought I was worth more money and gave the reasons which I had written for myself. I figured that it was either going to be a no or a yes and he said he would sort it out. About 4 days later I was given a letter and it was my new higher earnings rate (so I had proof in writing). I think writing them out for myself helped me to see that they were convincing and that helped give me conviction.
• United States
18 Mar 10
Most companies here in the US have annual job performance evaluations and that often comes along with a raise. The first thing to do is to try and find out what someone with your skills is making at similar companies so you know what is reasonable. Then make a list of everything that you have done that is exceptional. For example, gone a full year never taking a sick day or being late would apply here in the USA. Have you come up with any ways to save the company money or make things more productive. If not, try to do that as it's a great bargaining chip. When you are asking for a raise, you need to be convinced that you deserve it and that you might check out other options if you don't get it. Asking for a raise is never easy but think how pleased with yourself you will be when you get one! And if they give you the line that they can't right now then ask them when you could be considered? Maybe in 6 months or at your next annual review. In this economy tho, most employers know they have the upper hand as there are more folks looking so don't feel too bad if they put you off. Good Luck!!
21 Mar 10
Thank you for your suggestion. I have expressed my viewpoint to my manager. But maybe the money that I requested to incresed will be discounted. The salary level in my company is not high. Although our salary will be adjusted annually, the salary increases only 5%. That means if your salary is lower, the relevant increase is lower too. So I must increase my base salary. I hope I can get what I requested. Good luck!
18 Mar 10
When I was still working this was my problem too for I could not muster enough courage to go to my boss and say upfront what I feel when I think i am being left out not because of poor performance evaluation but due to office politics which is common in employment. When I was still young my immediate solution was to find a new job but when I was already married, and have aged, this solution is no longer ideal for, here in our country aging is one disadvantage in finding a job due to age limit set by employers. This was when I tried engaging in other income sourcing by doing "buy and sell" transactions which I do outside of office hours and on day offs. I started from supplying the needs of my friends and acquaintances and the income I got from these greatly helped in sustaining our financial needs.
21 Mar 10
Hi Namiya, Thank you for sharing your experience. Your experience is similar to mine. When I was young, I never required my boss to increase my salary when I was unsatisfied with my salary. I would choose to search a new job. But now I'm married and want to have a baby. So it's difficult to find another job for me. I have sent several resume to some companies online. But I haven't gotten any information. So I requested my manager to increase my salary, which is not as hard as I thought. But money that I requested will be discounted. I hope I can get the money that I requested. In any case, I have maked progress. I hope I can do bunisess by myself in the future, too. Good luck!
17 Mar 10
I am lucky or unlucky that I work for a state school. So the trade unions fight for my rights. I am not really a fighter when it comes to such things. I think if I was in your shoes I would talk to my supervisor/manager and express my wish for an increase in my salary. Justify your reasons. Try to give reasons why you deserve a salary increase such as increased responsibility, more work should be compensated. In the meantime if I were you I would try to search for a better job. If the management refuses to increase your salary then I would quit the present work and try to find something better.
20 Mar 10
I admire your work. I talked to my manager about raising my salary yesterday. Now I felt bettter and relaxed. The only thing that I didn't do it better is I didn't explain the reason about increasing my salary. Because I think my salary is disportition with my working experience. I always think my job is not important in the company. I think anybody can do it. I'm not confident. Even though my salary is increased, I need to search for another one, because I don't like my job. Good luck!
17 Mar 10
It evidently is not so easy.Everytime is in different way.Sometimes I am so confident but sometimes not so.But in common I mention the hard economical situation,I work very hard with the team and it's proportional with the money.But I think people have to have more confidence.I wish I have helped with this post. :)