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How to Ask for a Raise

how to ask for a raise Learn How to Ask for a Raise we offer some helpful tips to strengthen your position when asking your employer for a raise in salary. We help you develop a plan that you can use to request a salary increase.

Can You Get a Salary Increase?

A good way to approach your employer is to look at the situation from their perspective as they desire to obtain your services for the lowest possible cost. Labor costs and benefits are a large part of the overhead for many businesses. Keeping these costs down increases the profits for the business, so of course the employer will try to hire qualified people for the lowest salary they can.

You need to be comfortable with the notion that by asking for a salary increase you are informing your employer that on some level you are not satisfied with your job. This is something to keep in mind if you do approach your employer, the door can be opened for negative consequences if the employer feels you may leave if you don't get what you want. We have assembled a list if tips that show how to ask for a raise. These techniques can also be applied to getting benefits you may desire.

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Five Strategies to Get More Pay

  1. Don't Ambush Your Employer
    • Timing is important, don't just show up and drop this on them, no one likes to be caught off guard. They may have been preparing for a meeting or presentation when you wanted to drop this bomb on them.
    • Contact them and ask for a meeting explaining that you would like to speak with them about an increase in your salary and/or benefits. Be prepared for the chance that they may want to speak to you right then, otherwise set up a meeting at a mutually convenient time.
  2. Don't Be Emotional
    • When going into the meeting be prepared to be turned down. They are either going to give it to you or they aren't. If you are angry because you are not getting paid what you think are worth don't let that show through during your conversation. Continue to retain your composure and act like the model employee even if the conversation is not yielding the results you expected.
    • Don't argue, you still need to work there. If you didn't get the result you wanted and decide you can do better you can think about looking for another job.
  3. What Are the Boss's Expectations?
    • Your boss doesn't base your salary on the amount of money you need to live on. You are paid what your employer feels your position is worth, not how much your new car payment costs. Don't approach them on the basis of your needs.
    • Document how your employment benefits the company through increased sales, securing new accounts or other measurable improvements that improve the company's profits. Show your worth in black and white using hard facts and examples.
    • Do research to find out what others who hold a position like yours are being paid in your area.
    • Factors such as the financial strength of the company or the budget being cut in your department can affect whether or not you get a raise.
  4. Be Prepared!
    • When you do get a meeting don't just muddle through it, conduct yourself in a tactful, professional manner. Make a list of feats and accomplishments to have acquired.
    • Describe how you have benefited the business in a quantifiable, tangible way. Don't present vague references to things you have accomplished, produce facts and figures. Produce measurable statistics documenting improvements that can be verified and reproduced by you in the future.
  5. How Does This All Boil Down?
    • From the perspective of how you benefit them, you must convince your boss that it is more profitable to pay you more, than potentially lose the benefits you provide to the company. If they are happy with your work they may decide it is less costly to give you a pay increase than to expend the cost of hiring and training a new employee. This is what you are hoping will happen when you approach your employer.
    • We hope these tips and help have shown you how to ask for a raise or other benefits you are so eager to obtain.