Has it been more than 24 months since you got a raise? Go ask.

Take a second to do some research about what your role is paid in other orgs in your area. If you're paid noticably less, mention that.

Also organize your thoughts around the good things you've done since last raise. Did you take on new responsibility? Achieve something hard? Exceed goals? Any of that is stuff you can bring up.

Read about negotiating salary during interviews and apply those tactics.

Don't be adversarial. Your tone here is "I've considered my pay in comparison to the market and in light of performance, and I'd like your help getting my pay to reflect that"; yes, your boss is probably not on your side, but it's in your interest to act like this is a thing you'll work on together. Your boss will know you might leave, it's implied: it doesn't serve you at all to point it out

If you get blown off, wait a bit. Sometimes that's just a boss trying to avoid making a promise while they address it.

If you get told no, be pragmatic. Thank your boss for hearing you out, then quietly start looking for a new job. You don't want to get pushed out before you have something new lined up, so you've got to act like you're planning to stay

do not get mad or snippy. You'll destroy any chance of help and put your job at risk. That takes control away from you. Calm and professional is powerful and maximizes the control you have over what happens next

@calcifer @carcinopithecus In the US consider calling up your BLS regional office. They have people who absolutely love helping you find data to support your position. Start on their site and call if you have questions.

@sng @carcinopithecus good tip. Be aware their data is by title, and sometimes your title doesn't match what you DO. Search job boards to find jobs that have similar duties/skills and ask about those titles too!

@calcifer @carcinopithecus My wife is a BLS regional economist. But this is a really useful pro tip, for sure.

@calcifer Sometimes it can help, if other benefits beside pay can come into play; this might be easier for the employer to commit to ... depending on the job and the situation and your needs.

At times, we had upgrades in company cars, insurance add-ons, extra trainings outside of the curriculum, ... depends. Hear around.

Also: It all depends on how ready you are to quit as the final red line.

@kiwi2002 I don't really agree with the last statement. Asking for a raise will be perceived by every manager as "I might quit if I don't get it", it doesn't matter if you will. For the employer, the only function of a raise is retention

But more importantly, you should absolutely find a new job if you're doing well and they're not giving you a raise after 2 years, even after you ask with supporting data. Quit jobs that don't pay you fairly! Find another first, quit on your terms. But LEAVE.

@calcifer I cannot emphasize enough how much I agree with you here.


Just curious, do you mean a small % pseudo-inflation raise, or a more significant Raise with a capital R?

@float13 it depends how far off you are from where you should be. The goal here is to get paid in line with the market and your contribution to the org.

If you're only a few % off from that, then you're asking for a small raise. But chances are if you haven't got one in 2 years, you're looking at needing to ask for a bigger raise to be fairly paid

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