You need to negotiate. You want to get paid what you're worth, right? But most people are uncomfortable with salary negotiations and so they settle too low. If you do this, you're cheating yourself out of money you could have-- So here are some points to consider, from the book Take This Job and Thrive by Anita Bruzzese:
- Determine your worth. But if you don't know how much you're worth, how can you ask for it? There are all kinds of websites that can help you with this. TrySalary.com or WageWeb.com--
- Forget about an automatic raise. Lots of companies are not doing this anymore, and are instead giving raises based on performance. So you've got to be able to show how your work is contributing to the success of the company.
- Get it in writing. When you accept an offer or get a raise, get it in writing. It's important that it's understood what your duties will be, and how much you'll be compensated.
- Don't give ultimatums unless you're willing to follow through. It's not smart to threaten to leave the company if you don't get paid more. Your boss might show you to the door. If they don't, you've shown that you're not loyal to the company - and your boss won't forget it-- If you want to go further, pick up the book Take This Job and Thrive by Anita Bruzzese.