Negotiating state employee compensation?
October 31, 2011 11:45 AM Subscribe
How do I negotiate compensation for a state position?
posted by pwnguin to Work & Money (6 answers total)
I'm currently working in an unclassified position for a state university. It seems possible that I'll be given a promotion, or at least a lateral shift into a higher paying job (developer -> sysadmin) in the future with the same employer.
One thing I've kinda wondered is, how do you negotiate salary? Especially when they know how much you make currently? For classified staff there's a clear schedule that calculates things, but I can't figure out the etiquette for unclassified.
Andecdata: when a guy left last year for higher wages last year management indicated they weren't allowed to make a counteroffer. I don't know whether that's actually the case and it seems there's no official policy around unclassified hiring. On the other hand, they do post salary ranges, and I know they've had trouble recruiting at the current range.
So, is it possible to negotiate salary in this situation? Is it... "more possible" when not already working for the department?