4 Tips on Asking for a Raise at Work


You want a raise, but you’re not sure how to bring it up to your employer, or even how to go about asking for one. As nerve-wracking it may be, asking for a raise doesn’t have to be a big deal so long as you come across as confident and well-prepared to your boss — and you will, so long as you take note of the following tips.

Schedule a Meeting with Your Boss

First and foremost, you’ll need to schedule a meeting with your boss to sit down and talk. A potential raise is a significant topic and should only be discussed in a face-to-face interaction, with the only exception being if you or your employer works remotely. Never mention a raise in passing or via email. Not only is it unprofessional, but you risk your boss not taking your request seriously.

Find Out What Other People in Your Field Are Making

Next, you’ll have to do a bit of research into what other people in your field are taking home each year. When you’re making your case to your boss, this information will come in handy — and more so when he or she asks how much you would think you should earn. You can suggest a salary that’s not only realistic to your position, but also speaks to your education and experience compared to others in the field. In the process, you’ll come across to your employer as thoughtful and well prepared, and increase your chances for actually getting that raise!

Be Prepared to Talk About Your Accomplishments

Make sure you’re clear to your employer about why you deserve a raise. Unfortunately, most employers don’t care about why you need more money; they care about what you, as an individual, have done for your organization (and in this case, why it warrants a raise). Before the big meeting, list all the ways you’ve gone above and beyond for your organization, any major projects you’ve worked on that have earned your company additional revenue, and the like.

Brace Yourself for the Word ’No’

So, you set a meeting date, did your research, made a comprehensive list of all your accomplishments and still heard the word ‘no.’ Where do you go from here? There’s a very real possibility that your employer won’t say yes to your request, and in the event that he or she doesn’t (and you’re not ready to move on from your company), it’s best to ask them what more you can do (or, perhaps, what you can do differently) to earn your raise. Ask to revisit the topic at a later date — maybe a few months down the line, or at your next employee review. It will show your boss your level of determination and your commitment to professional growth — which certainly works in your favor.

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