Yes, I know, I'm an idiot.
January 10, 2012 4:23 AM Subscribe
Can I negotiate my salary after my first paycheck?
posted by chaiminda to Work & Money (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was recently hired at a small company, part-time (35 hrs). We did not discuss salary at the interview and I stupidly did not bring it up when I started the job. I went into the interview thinking there was only one job, but there were two, and I ended up with the one that was not actually described in the ad, so I was unsure if the hourly rate in the ad applied to me or not. Apparently it does, and I am making a good $3/hr less than what I "should" be. I have not worked in an office since before the crash, and it was in a different part of the country, but I haven't made so little money since I started working in offices (5-6 years ago).
I just got my first paycheck, and I am realizing that this is not going to work. Of course it is better than having no job, but I can't afford not to look for a higher-paying job. My father thinks that I should explain this to them and ask for a higher hourly rate, but I'm not sure if it's worth the trouble. Has anyone ever done this?
Factors I'm considering bringing up:
* I have a much longer commute than anyone else in the office
* another woman hired the same time as me is making the same amount, even though she just graduated from college and I graduated 5 years ago and have been working ever since
* I googled the average pay for someone doing my job in my area and it is substantially more
* my boss has repeatedly mentioned how happy she was to find someone with my specific experience
I know that they may just not have the money. But is it worth asking or will it just make me look greedy?
I know that it was stupid not to figure this out in advance, but please don't take me to task for that in your answers. I really feel bad enough already.