5 Tips for Negotiating Your Salary

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You want a higher salary. The only thing standing in your way is that difficult conversation with your boss. No one likes talking about money, especially when you have to prove why you deserve more of it.

However, when it comes to salary negotiations, you have to put yourself out there and ask in order to earn more. Here’s how to do it:

Be calm and professional.

Keeping the right tone is critical to negotiations. You want to be heard and you also need to listen when your boss is ready to voice their thoughts and opinions. Through it all, don’t get combative or issue threats or ultimatums. Simply work together toward addressing the situation and why you think you should earn more.

Be persuasive and make your case.

If you go in and simply ask for a raise, you likely won’t get one. However, when you have facts and accomplishments to back up why you deserve one, then suddenly your argument becomes more persuasive. It’s why, before your meeting, you need to do your homework, make a list of accomplishments, and research average salaries in your area for someone with your expertise.

Aim high yet be reasonable.

Your boss may come back with a counter-offer. It’s why it’s always a good idea to ask for a little more than what you actually want. Then, when your boss counters with an amount closer to your actual ask, you can happily accept it. In addition, your boss might instead offer you a higher bonus amount or expanded benefits or perks, which are worth consideration.

Ask about next steps.

If your boss rejects your request for a raise, ask what you need to do moving forward to get one. You might have to earn a certain certification or simply gain different skills or experience. However, when you know the exact steps you need to take, you can plan a clear path forward.

Asking for a raise or negotiating a new salary can be stressful. Another way to help prepare is through practice. Ask a friend or family member to conduct a mock negotiation session with you. This will help you to hone your argument, shore up any weaknesses, and make your case persuasively why you deserve a raise.

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