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How to Figure Out How Much Salary You Should Ask For

Apr 8 2015 - 4:00pm

It's a fact: women get paid less than men. Although the gender gap is narrowing, Reddit chief executive Ellen Pao's recent gender discrimination lawsuit loss to her former employer is another example of how there are still leaps and bounds we need to take to even out this unfair discrepancy. She has even gone as far as to eliminate salary negotiation from the hiring process [1] at her current company, because she believes that such negotiations favor men in all ways. We're obviously not going to be handed what we deserve, so we need to start asking for it.

A mistake women make that hurts them later on is that they aren't negotiating their first salary. This will set them back in the long run, because if a woman starts off her career track earning less money than men, it will be harder to narrow the salary gap and catch up.

What's the solution to this? Well, we need to start negotiating for the salary we deserve. The first few steps to earning our worth include researching the pay. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Once you get the salary you want, make sure you know the steps you should take for getting a raise [4].

— Additional reporting by Emily Co


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