How to Negotiate Salary for Your Entry Level Job Offer

Negotiate My Salary How to Negotiate Salary for Your Entry Level Job Offer

How to Negotiate Salary for an Entry Level Job Offer

An entry-level position doesn't mean you don't bring value to the table or that you don't have the same bargaining power as a higher position. An entry-level position allows you to bring a fresh perspective to a job and provides opportunities for future growth into higher-level roles. Embracing your worth and positioning yourself as a valuable addition to any team fuels your . Read on to know how DoNotpay can help you negotiate your salary whether you are new to the company or a veteran.

What Does It Mean to Negotiate Your Salary?

Negotiating your salary isn't simply demanding a set amount of salary and threatening to walk if you don't receive it. In fact, that's a sure-fire way not to be successful in salary negotiations and to potentially lose your position, entry-level or not. Salary negotiations in person or via email are a series of give and take based on perceived value by both sides until a mutually acceptable decision is reached or negotiations are abandoned. 

In negotiations, the ideal resolution is that both sides feel they have gained more than they have lost. In salary negotiations, that would mean the employee likely ends up with less salary than their first request, but more than when they started. The employer feels they've negotiated a fair offer commiserate with knowledge and experience.

Questions to Ask During Your Entry Level Salary Negotiation

Asking questions before diving into can provide valuable information that can result in a more successful negotiation outcome. 

Some information to gather through questioning includes:

  1. What is your minimum starting salary for this position?
  2. Is there an opportunity for a salary increase after a certain period (30,60,90 days, etc.)
  3. Does this position qualify for an annual salary review?
  4. How much salary increase should you ask for?
  5. What considerations go into your entry-level salary determination?

While some of these questions may seem bold, they allow you to begin negotiations with a firmer grasp of the things your employer or potential employer may be thinking. The worst they can do is decline to answer a question. If this is a new job that includes a salary review after a 90-day probationary period, that employer is less likely to consider a higher starting salary than one that does not.

How to Negotiate an Entry Level Salary

Once you understand the concept of negotiations and have asked some initial questions, it's time to begin negotiating your salary. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start salary negotiations:

Do Your ResearchSearch about industry-wide entry-level salaries, inflation costs,  and any applicable moving expenses.  Going into salary negotiations blindly or depending solely on the information provided by your employer or potential employer puts you at the mercy of that information. Gather your own information
Know Your ValueJust because it is an entry-level position doesn't mean your qualifications aren't valuable. Think beyond the industry. What skills and talents do you bring that are beneficial to the position? Be able to articulate this value.
Reference Other Job OffersIf you have other job offers, make that clear, but do so in a professional manner.

At this point, you may feel a bit overwhelmed and ready to accept whatever salary is being offered. Negotiations handled by phone or email may bring even more anxiety if you are uncertain how your tone may be interpreted. Luckily, you are not alone, and it doesn't have to be as difficult as it may feel.

Negotiating an Entry Level Salary With the Help of DoNotPay

You may now know what to do and how to do it but still lack the confidence to move forward. DoNotPay will generate a comprehensive salary negotiation document to help you negotiate an entry-level salary with confidence.

How to negotiate your salary using DoNotPay: All you have to do is:

  1. Search for 'Negotiate My Salary' on DoNotPay. 
  2. Fill in your company's name and the industry you're in for us to compile wage statistics in your field. 
  3. Write your achievements and qualifications. 
  4. Enter your preferred base salary. 

And that's it! Once the information is finalized, DoNotPay will generate an official salary negotiation letter that you can then email or present to your employer!

DoNotPay Offers More Help

With your entry-level salary negotiations confidently on track, you may be wondering what else DoNotPay can make faster, easier, and more successful. After all, why do it the hard way if it's not necessary? There are actually quite a number of things DoNotPay can help with, including:

DoNotPay can also help you with:

Before exhausting your time and mental resources with life's challenges, consider using DoNotPay's help to move you successfully forward on your journey. It's your journey, but every journey can benefit from some help and is much more enjoyable with a companion along for the ride.

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