Asking your employer for more
money isn’t easy, even when you know you deserve it. But if
you knocked it out of the park over the past year, took on
more responsibilities or received a stellar performance review,
you owe it to yourself to talk to your manager about a pay
increase. Not sure where to start? Follow these five tips for
how to ask for a raise:
- Do your salary research. You
won’t get very far if the amount you ask for
isn’t in line with today’s job market.
Consult resources, like the Robert Half Salary Guide,
to understand what the competitive salary is for your
position and geographic location.
- Pick the right time. Identify the best
time in your company’s cycle to have the discussion.
Consider whether your company usually grants pay raises
after performance reviews, or if there are signs it’s
not a good time, like recent layoffs or a hiring freeze.
- Make the request. After completing the
first two steps, email your manager and explain that
you’d like to connect to review your compensation.
Outline your impact, describe how you’ve excelled
in your role, and ask to meet with your manager to
- Back it up. Use numbers in the description
of your accomplishments: money saved, revenue earned,
services improved, responsibilities taken on. Your request
should reflect both your success and industry salary
averages for your job skills and experience.
- Express appreciation for the consideration.
Remember to thank your manager for supporting you in your
role and considering your request, and be patient. Your
manager may need to talk to a higher-up or HR before
getting back to you, which takes time.
Want an example of a letter asking for a raise? Visit the
Robert Half blog for a template and even more tips to guide
this important conversation.
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