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How much of a raise should my husband ask for?

He's applying for some assistant manager positions, and if he's offered one, I'd like to know what others think is an acceptable amount to ask for a pay raise. Something to consider is that the cost of living in one of the cities would require about $1.00/hour more just to make his paycheck go as far as it does currently.

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DragonRiderMD

Asked by DragonRiderMD at 3:58 PM on Jun. 30, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • In todays ecomony he would be lucky to get a maximum of 3% for a raise.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • I agree about the 3%, that's about the most that many employers will even consider. But also at most places they already have a set pay scale that they are willing to pay for certain positions.
    slw123

    Answer by slw123 at 4:29 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • As opposed to asking for a percentage raise, he should ask for a reasonable salary based on comparable salaries. www.salary.com is where he should start.

    There are also non-monetary alternatives to a raise:
    1) The ability to atend/present at a conference that a person in your job might not ordinarily attend
    2) A change in title or responsibility that will serve you internally and/or externally
    3) The ability to participate in a project or task force that's especially desirable for contacts and/or resume fodder
    4) An introduction to and/or regular opportunities for interaction with important customers, members of the organization' s top leadership team or your CEO
    5) A roadmap (your manager's stamp of approval is the key) for your
    career progress and (budgets allowing) compensation progress in your department. If this is created, even with bunches of caveats in it, make sure HR and your boss's boss get a copy of it.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:02 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • 6) A letter of commendation from your boss or boss's boss to the head of your division or to the CEO, noting your terrific accomplishments over the past year (copy to your personnel file)
    7) The ability to work from home some of the time
    8) Some/additional flexibility in your work hours
    9) The assignment to you of a junior staff person or intern - to give you some leadership experience and the staff member or intern the benefit of your guidance
    10) The agreement to conduct another performance and salary review six months from now (instead of one year from now) to take advantage of whatever budget flexibility may have appeared in the next six months.

    Whatever the agreement is - get it in writing! That could be a simple and friendly email message from you to your boss and cc:ed to your HR for your file, confirming the new arrangement( s) your boss has approved
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:02 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

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