Unless you’re Bill Gates, you’d likely jump at the chance to earn more money. That’s not surprising, considering 39% of employees believe they are underpaid, according to a 2014 Glassdoor survey. As a worker, you may be more to blame than you think: less than 50% of Americans actually ask for more compensation.
If you feel like you’re making less than you deserve, don’t wait until your boss offers you a raise. There are many ways to negotiate a higher salary, and the first step is to find out what you should be earning.
Hit the books (or the web)
It’s crucial to get an accurate picture of standard pay for your position across the industry. This is actually not as difficult as it may sound. You have tons of tools at your disposal- use them! Online resources such as Glassdoor and Monster.com’s Salary Wizard provide information on average income for specific roles. Browse these sites for accurate comparisons to what you’re being paid. Remember compensation can vary widely depending on where you live, so keep that in mind as you explore.