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IT Salary: 10 Ways To Get A Raise
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Alison_Diana
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6/30/2014 | 11:31:10 AM
Big Bump
It wasn't an IT position, but when I discovered a non-management colleague had been making more than me, I was really hurt, angry, and upset. I was management, with a ton of responsibilities, heading high-profile projects, and he was a reporter who made a sizable amount more than me. Instead of immediately seeking another position (which was, I have to admit, my first reaction), I spoke to my immediate manager -- who happens to have been a great boss -- about the disparity. I spoke calmly and laid out the comparative responsibilities; my years of experience; the tasks i had taken on without guidance or request, etc. (there was no LinkedIn, Glassdoor, etc., back then). Ultimately, I got a very big raise that brought me up to par with others in the position I held, despite the ongoing freeze on raises at the time. Sure, I was still hurt and felt used for the years of under-payment, but that was not this particular manager's fault and they earned my undying loyalty. I guess my honesty with the manager could have backfired but since i was not prepared to stay at the company after learning how underpaid I was, I had nothing to lose.
Laurianne
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6/30/2014 | 12:56:40 PM
Re: One of the best things I did was
Progman, thanks for sharing your experience. Having those bullet points on paper can help when you enter the conversation with the boss as well. Depends on the person's management style.
Kristin Burnham
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6/30/2014 | 2:29:26 PM
Other advice?
Alison and Progman2000 shared two good examples of what can happen if you just ask. Who else has had that conversation with a manager? Why do you think you were successful -- or not? Would you have done anything differently in hindsight?
Charlie Babcock
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6/30/2014 | 9:12:08 PM
A rising tide lifts IT's boat
The economy must be getting better. Here's good advice on how to ask for a raise.
Kristin Burnham
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7/1/2014 | 9:07:04 AM
Re: Getting creativewhen a raise is not an option
@mejiac Exactly. Asking for something like a more flexible schedule still puts more money in your pocket, but in a more indirect way. Less time spent commuting = less money spent on gas and an increase in productivity, which ultimately benefits the business, too. 

What other creative benefits have you negotiated in lieu of a pay raise?
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 11:48:29 AM
Re: Big Bump
In this case, my manager was new to the position and was not responsible for my pay so i didn't hold it against them! I am not sure how much attention they'd paid to individuals' salaries before my situation occurred -- or whether this manager reviewed others' salaries to see if there were similar situations. 
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 11:51:07 AM
Re: Getting creativewhen a raise is not an option
Training is a terrific benefit, @mejiac, especially because it benefits both your employer and you if you choose to move on to a different organization. I'd add attending trade shows is another plus, too. You can see panel discussions, keynotes, and product demonstrations and also network among peers to make new connections, find potential new positions (if you want to leave your current job), and see how other organizations are addressing the challenges you're facing.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/2/2014 | 11:55:04 AM
Re: Other advice?
@tjgkg: Sorry about your experience but delighted you found a position at another organization that DID recognize your abilities and accomplishments. I'd imagine writing the paper at your prior employer was helpful as you interviewed for new positions, since you'd established ROI and other benchmarks for the tasks you'd done at the prior company. Bringing up a disparity in pay or proactively pursuing a promotion is dangerous. It can backfire and you must be prepared to leave if it does.

Those organizations that have a policy of never/always promoting from within blow my mind. It is so short-sighted to never/only consider candidates from a certain pool of individuals. Who knows the capabilities of the people within/outside your organization if you only look outside/within? Silly.
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 11:56:41 AM
Re: Getting creativewhen a raise is not an option
Yes, that's a great perk that doesn't cost organizations a penny but has a terrific, beneficial effect on employee morale and loyalty. I know several people who have stayed at their current positions, in large part because they can work from home one to three days per week and/or have flexible hours instead of the typical 9-5 or 8-4.
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 12:01:48 PM
Re: A rising tide lifts IT's boat
I'm with you, @SaneIT. Salary is important, of course, but it's not necessarily the critical issue. Autonomy; a career path; opportunities for growth; interesting work; supportive management and peers, and an organization who I believe in all play a role. There's also the comfort level that comes with knowing your organization. Sometimes it's time for a new challenge, to learn a new organization (or even industry), and sometimes it's not. I think, though, if you plan to move jobs that's definitely the time to get more money. It is probably the sole time you can request a more sizable salary increase!

 
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