A Beginner's Guide to Getting a Raise

Negotiate My Salary A Beginner's Guide to Getting a Raise

How to Get a Raise the Easy Way

There are few things more disheartening about a job than being paid an amount lower than what you would prefer. However, even if you're making a decent wage, there is always the possibility to make more based on how good you feel that your performance is in the position. For these situations, your best option is to talk to your managers about raising your wage.

In some professions, pay raises automatically come after a certain amount of time has passed or specific milestones have been achieved. But, sometimes, you need to discuss increasing your pay rate outside of these circumstances. For that, DoNotPay has the solution to help make the process more straightforward and hassle-free, so you can be paid what you're worth.

Reasons To Get A Raise

Unless you've taken up a volunteer position for a non-profit organization, the main reason behind working at a company is making money. Some positions pay more than others, and most companies have a pay scale based on longevity and performance. So if you spend more time doing your job well, you should theoretically make more money.

The reasons you should seek a raise in your pay rate include:

  • You've been working at the company for a significant amount of time
  • You possess greater educational credentials than most of your peers
  • There is nuanced knowledge about the job that you have, and others do not
  • Your position is one that the company relies on heavily to continue operating
  • You are given a new position with greater responsibilities, but you feel the pay isn't commensurate with those responsibilities
  • You can prove that your contributions to the company have resulted in increased profits or productivity
  • Inflation has increased the basic cost of living, and your wage should be able to keep up with it.

It's not just important to be mindful of your wages while working for a company, but you should also inquire about how much you will make when you first take the job. It is possible to ask for more from the start to prevent your managers from thinking that you're satisfied with making a lower amount.

Tips On Asking For A Raise

Many managers are willing to give their employees a higher wage, but you'll have to ask for it. And doing so can be nerve-wracking if you don't know how to go about it properly. So here are a few tips on how to negotiate for a raise in pay tactfully and successfully:

  • Research the average salaries in your field and location and how often raises in pay occur.
  • Don't be afraid to discuss wages with your co-workers to get an idea of what people within your company are making.
  • Take the state of the company into account. There's no sense asking for a raise if the business is in an evident slump or people are being laid off.
  • Stay positive no matter what. If you're talking to your manager in person or over the phone, keep your voice calm and polite. If you're sending an email, make sure it's well-worded.
  • Figure out how much of a raise you want, then prepare to ask for more. That way, if your manager tries to negotiate the amount down, you'll still get what you want. If they don't try to negotiate down, you'll get more than you wanted.

What to Say When You Ask to Get a Pay Raise

Asking for more money can be complex, but doing the right research and preparation can make you feel more confident and better set for success. Once you’re ready to have the conversation, try using this script to guide you.

Start with the positives about your role and what you’re proud of“Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. As you know I have been working here for [amount of time] and have recently been focusing on [quick summary of what you’ve been doing].

I have enjoyed being part of [project or team] and am proud of the role I played in this organization.”

Talk about your achievements“Over the past 12 months I have [talk about your achievements that have benefited the organization].”
Get to the point“With my achievements over the past 12 months and bearing in mind the benefits I’ve brought to the organization recently, I’d appreciate it if you would consider a review of my current salary.

I’ve also had a look at current compensation levels for roles similar to mine in companies of the same size and believe I have a clear view of the industry-standard salary.”


How To Ask For A Raise On Your Own

Going after a proper wage requires preparation and knowledge. You know what you offer the company, but it won't matter if you don't know how to communicate your worth to your managers. And you have to make your voice heard and negotiate for a raise because your manager may not be inclined to give you more money without your input. So here's how to speak up and get the wage you deserve:

  1. Gather as much evidence of your value to the company as you can find. This means evaluating your skills, work ethic, and knowledge, then presenting them to your manager in a persuasive manner. Words will not guarantee you a raise unless numbers back them up.
  2. Practice what you are going to say to your manager ahead of time. Any public speaker will tell you that persuasive arguments don't happen spontaneously. Knowing what to say is good, but knowing how to say it is even better.
  3. Pick a convenient time and place to discuss the matter with your manager. Don't do it during a busy time of day, but be sure to avoid doing it near the end of the day when your manager is probably looking to finish up and go home.
  4. Choose a method of speaking to your manager. For example, it should be possible to discuss a pay raise in person, on the phone, by email.

Getting A Raise Is Simple With DoNotPay

Talking to your manager about raising your pay rate can be a stressful experience, with trying to find the time to do it, the right words to say, and hoping that your proposal is well-received.

However, DoNotPay has the tools to make the process smoother and more successful. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Search “negotiate my salary” on DoNotPay.
  2. Enter the name of your company and the industry you work in, so we can find the right wage statistics for your role.
  3. Answer a series of questions regarding your qualifications and achievements, relocation expenses, and other job offers if applicable.
  4. Enter the new base salary you would like to request.

That's all you have to do! DoNotPay will generate a letter negotiating for a higher salary on your behalf that you can either email or print out and present to your manager. And our product works across multiple companies and platforms to get you the results you need in just a few clicks.

So, if you want your job to pay you more but don't know how to negotiate for a higher salary, sign up for DoNotPay.

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