Is $36k a reasonable professional salary for a non-profit job in a mid-range cost-of-living city?
March 17, 2012 2:30 PM Subscribe
Is $36k a decent salary? I'm weighing job options and could use some help assessing the salary factor.
I've never made very much money at all, so I don't have a good sense of what's a lot or a little. Please give me your thoughts on where the $36k offer I just received falls on the spectrum: is it way too low? Is it about as good as I'm likely to get in this economy? I have not found Glassdoor or Salary.com very helpful in researching salaries in my field. I'm hoping the AskMe crowd can offer some insights!
* Job is in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area.
* Non-profit/public service field
* I am 30, have a relevant master's degree, 4-5 years of varied experience, and stellar references. I think I am generally a fairly competitive candidate, and have successfully gotten interviews, offers and jobs in the past.
* The position is entry-level. It requires a bachelor's and no work experience. They are offering me as much as they can for this position and have said there is no room to negotiate salary. I will try to negotiate other benefits, but don't know how successful that will be.
* Job includes health insurance and other benefits, including a 403(b) plan, but no employer matching of retirement savings.
It's not exactly a question of budget. I know I can live on this much--I've lived on much less. But I would love to be able to save really aggressively, since I'm behind on retirement/other long-term saving goals. I won't be able to save as much as I want to w/ $36k.
I'm unemployed right now, and obviously employed beats not-employed. But I could stand to hold out for a little longer if this offer is way too low. If this offer is about as good as I'll probably get elsewhere, I'll probably take it. I'm not interested in taking this job and quitting in 6 months for something better.
I'm of course also weighing a lot of other factors, like how much I like the job, career advancement potential, etc. But leaving those other factors aside for now, please give me your gut reaction to the salary: is $36k + benefits a reasonable amount, or should I be shooting for higher?