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Savvy Confessions: Am I Silly to Expect a Raise?

This anonymous poster in our Savvy Confessions group wants to know if she deserves a raise. Chime in with your thoughts below.

OK, so I have been with my current employer for three years.  I have it made!  I have wonderful bosses, and have a lot of freedom.  My problem is . . . I came to this company straight out of college.  The ad online stated that they were looking for someone with no experience and at minimum a two year degree . . . they were willing to pay 40 to 50k for this position.

I came along with even more qualifications than they were asking for and started out making 40k with the promise to re-evaluate in six months.  Well six months passed and nothing, then a year and nothing, then two years and nothing.  At two and a half years I received a four percent pay increase. I was a little offended because our business is doing very well given the economy, and I had waited so long for the "promised" evaluation.  I didn't express my frustrations (although maybe I should have).  I accepted the raise because after all it is a raise.  My responsibilities have more than tripled since I started and where I don't expect my salary to mirror that . . . I at least expected a 10 percent raise.  Am I silly to think so?  And . . . if not then how do I approach it with the boss?  (keep in mind that I am not one that feels like a raise should be asked for . . . it should be given if your work ethic proves worthy)

Share your own career- and finance-related questions anonymously in the Savvy Confessions group for a chance to be featured on SavvySugar and advised by fellow Savvy readers.

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