Should I Negotiate Salary? Yes, Here’s Why

Negotiating your salary is hard, but not because the act itself is difficult. If you’re proficient enough at your job for somebody to want to hire you, you have all the skills necessary to ask for the compensation you deserve. The real challenge in salary negotiation is overcoming the fear that holds...

Should You Use a Competing Job Offer to Negotiate Salary?

Having multiple job offers sounds like a dream come true, but in reality, it can be a bit of a minefield. Handled correctly, you can absolutely use competing job offers to negotiate the highest salary possible, but navigating that process requires strategic thinking and finesse. If you’re lucky enough to have more...

How to Start the Conversation: Salary Negotiation Scripts

They say a journey begins with a single step. Well, a salary negotiation begins with a single sentence. But for many people, that first sentence is the most difficult part of negotiation. If you need a little inspiration or instruction for how to talk to a recruiter, your boss, an HR manager...

Getting a Raise Is Not Magic

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you are at least thinking about asking for a raise, and if you came to PayScale to begin your research, you made a great first decision. We know that the topic of salary negotiation can be intimidating, but if you start off with data, you’re starting off...

How to Read Your Salary Report

Congratulations – you took the PayScale Salary Survey! The 10 minutes you invested in our survey is the first step to making the salary negotiation process less scary. Now it’s time to walk you through your report and help you figure out what to do next to increase your chances of bringing...

How College Majors Affect Negotiation Style

Your choice of college major obviously has a big impact on your future earning potential – somebody who studies computer science is probably going to end up in a different career path than an English major. But does your choice of major impact the way you approach salary negotiation? And if it...

Shocking Facts About Negotiating Your Salary

When PayScale decided to create our Salary Negotiation Guide, we decided we needed to start by really finding out who is negotiating and what kind of results they are seeing. So we asked 31,000 people who took the PayScale Survey if they had ever negotiated salary. If they said they had, we...

How to Handle Tricky Salary Negotiation Situations

Salary negotiations are tricky, but the potential payoff is worth it. Increase your confidence (and your chances of success) by practicing these smart responses to tricky salary negotiation situations. With a little practice (and a few deep breaths), you’ll be a salary negotiation pro. 1. Early on in the interview process they...

3 Benefits You Didn’t Know You Could Negotiate

One of the biggest problems with most of the salary negotiation advice out there is that they focus too much on salary. The truth is, salary negotiation is about much more than just your base pay. In fact, if you just focus on salary during a negotiation, you might be doing yourself...