You mean *I* get a say in salary talk? Wha?
October 3, 2012 9:25 AM Subscribe
I was recently contacted by a recruiter and in the last month have been through several interviews, the last taking place today. Now, the recruiter's called to ask if I am ready to take the next step and has asked about my salary expectations. What?
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I am a recent English PhD, and have been sniffing for non-academic job opportunities for a few months now, while I continue to teach part-time. I make okay money teaching. It's hardly exorbitant, but it is enough to live off for now. I like working in an academic environment, but I am well aware of how dire the job market is these days.
The recruiter contacted me. After a couple of initial interviews, I completed a sample assignment with which they were pleased. Today I met with a couple more people and they seemed very pleased with me and the work I did for them. Not long after the interview, the recruiter (he works in-house) contacted me to ask about my salary expectations.
He had asked about this before. I didn't give him a number, noting that I felt I was well-qualified for the position. They were actively looking for people with humanities grad experience (for the writing and analytical skills), and I've got that for sure. But, I acknowledged that the position was entry level and I knew that going in.
Today when he called back I back-pedaled again, not wanting to be the first to throw out a number. He gave me a range back, which was a bit lower than what I was hoping—say $5-$10K less than what I thought was my realistic expectation. He said that is the standard salary for the entry level people in my position, but acknowledged that they value my PhD. Also, most of the people in this job have MAs, rather than PhDs. He also suggested that there is ample opportunity for advancement.
Now the ball's in my court. How do I come back? I'm in the happy position of not needing the job, absolutely, but my part-time teaching is not 100% reliable, especially in the summer months. The stability would be nice. I do have a list of the benefits and they're agreeable to me, but I am not sure what value they hold in relation to the salary, or what value my PhD has for them. Long story short, I'm not 100% I NEED THIS JOB PLEASE TAKE ME but I am certainly interested enough that I want to play ball.
So, how do I play? I'm used to part-time academia, where you are told how much you will be paid and that's the end of discussion. I've checked out GlassDoor and done some googling but it produces a huge range of salaries. For this position, there's one listed at this company on GlassDoor that is significantly higher than the number I was quoted, but it doesn't say that person's experience or how long they were with the company.