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Negotiating Salary

Have You Ever Negotiated Your Salary?

The unfortunate workplace pattern has been that men are more likely to negotiate for a higher salary than women. Whether it's that men are told it's OK for them to ask for more and women aren't, or that they're more confident in standing up for what they believe they're worth, the fact remains that most women don't negotiate after a salary has been offered. Where do you fit into this man-woman-negotiation equation.


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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Uh, aren't we always suppose to negotiate our salaries? I always did.
Teabiscuit Teabiscuit 9 years
I've done it twice with success. It's definitely worth it. Because negotiating requires you to have done your homework and think about what amount of money you can reasonably command, if anything I think you come across as informed and prepared.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I did it. It's only a few minutes of awkwardness (at least, it was for me), but I've learned you've really got to be able to stick up for yourself.
McCubcakes McCubcakes 9 years
I've negotiated when i've entered a new position but not when I've been given a promotion. Ladies, any thoughts or ideas on that one?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's interesting, as i've gotten older i've realized that it's ok to negotiate and tell them what you think you're worth. when i was an asst - i took whatever they offered me, but when it came time for a raise and it wasn't what i expected, i negotiated and got more...and then when i changed jobs, i did a bit of negotiating as well and i'm in a good place.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I did - two jobs ago. I was so horribly paid there, but so were all the employees. When it came time for reviews and raises, I got a glowing review but a horrible raise. I told them that I wanted more, gave them a number (it was 12% increase from what I'd been making - STILL next to nothing but better than before). I figured they'd negotiate down from there, but they said they had to check with corporate and then, a week later, they got back to me and said corporate had approved it. It felt really good. Then again, 12% of crap is still crap.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
I negotiated quite a few times and you really ought not be scared of it. I have a vow never to be scared of a boss for any reason, and this is just part of it. All you have to do is show your superior how you add value and save money for the company, and then ask for what you want in return. If they are unwilling, take your achievements to their competitor and run them against one another. Works for me everytime.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I've actually been told by my HR director that it's impossible to negotiate salary at my level in my company. He said that only Director level and above can negotiate, which I thought was strange.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I have negotiated but I didn't get what I wanted. However, I was still really proud of myself for asking and it was way better than always wondering.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I've had jobs where I negotiated and got what I wanted, but also where i've negotiated and didn't get what I wanted, because they had a set salary depending on the years of experience, your age, etc.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
i am in the medical field. unfortunately, there isn't very much wriggle room when it comes to money.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I have in the past negotiated and gotten a better salary. With my current position, I negotiated and they did not give me what I wanted and I got no where (I took the job b/c unemployment was on the last month, needless to say, it is better to be employed during this time than not.
sugsug sugsug 9 years
I tried to negotiate my salary at my last position. The first year it worked, and the second time I was told that they couldn't pay me more because they could get a kid out of college to do it for less. Direct quote. Needless to say, within three weeks I had a new position and more money.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i did negotiate my salary, and i sort of got what i wanted -- i got a raise up to what i asked for after 6 months of working for slightly lower pay than i wanted. it was okay, but i would push harder for the salary i really want next time. Savvy, please write a post with some tips on salary negotiation! I have to do this soon, and I could use some of your wisdom...
Taadie Taadie 9 years
I negotiated the salary on my first job because I had previously had an internship there and I had information that they really wanted me. Plus they were really trying to low ball me and I was living in NY. I had to be able to make enough to eat and pay for car insurance!
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
I have never been in a job with an even remotely negotiable salary - I would definitely do it if I could, though.
kehinde75 kehinde75 9 years
My first mentor (a totally inspirational man) told me to always negotiate for salary. He had to really try hard to get me to agree to try because I was so against the idea. My thought - as I was beginning my career as a software developer - was hey - I have little to no experience so I should be so lucky to have any job at all. I wasn't about to shoot myself in the foot by asking for more money to an interested and prospective employer. His opinion was you are only worth what you say you are and also, raises are difficult to negotiate so you may as well get in at a high number. Like I said, it took me a while, but now I ALWAYS negotiate salary. If the hiring company balks, then I know they don't know what I'm worth. But actually, I've never known a company to reject salary negotiations. Now that I'm almost 10 years into my career, I'm in a position to be a mentor to others and I cannot believe how much resistance I come up against pushing my mentor-ees to negotiate for salary. Always negotiate for salary!!!
syako syako 9 years
I have. And it's worth it ladies. The sad fact is that we are in most cases underpaid compared to our male counterparts based SOLELY on our gender. I asked and received. It wasn't easy and it was a bit nerve wrecking (and took several follow up conversations to finally go through) but I feel that the service I provide deserved it.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I've never been in a position to negotiate my salary.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
I tried to negotiate for a higher salary with my first office job and got nowhere. With my second (current) job, the increase was so high ($5,700, over 15%) that I didn't even think to!
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