Ways to Land the Salary You Deserve

  • Research the salary range for jobs you are considering. Some good websites include:
    • Onetonline.org
    • Chroniclecareerlibrary.com (access available on the SCC campus computers only)
    • Salary.com
  • How does the salary range compare to what your personal wants and needs are? Are your expectations realistic?
  • How do your skills, education and experience compare to the average person performing this job?
  • What type of benefits may be included in the job? Vacation, health benefits, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, etc. are all things to consider.
  • Have an acceptable salary in mind before an interview, but save any negotiations or discussion until after you receive a job offer.
  • When asked about salary expectations, say “negotiable," “open” or  indicate a broad range such as $8-$12/hour on the application or during your employment interview.
  • When an offer is made, if the salary is below your expectations:
      • Restate your interest and enthusiasm over the position.
      • Highlight any special abilities or skills you offer that are above what an “average” employee may have.
      • Cite the research you have done about salaries for this type of work.
      • Tell the employer a range of your salary expectations (e.g., mid-high twenties, $12-14/hour, etc.).
    • If salary is not negotiable, reiterate your interest and enthusiasm for the position and ask:
      • How you might quickly contribute to the organization to make this position more valuable.
      • If your salary could be reviewed after three months.
      • About any benefits that come with the job and if any could be adjusted to help meet your needs (work from home at times? flextime? additional vacation?).
    • Always be polite and positive.
    • Give yourself at least 24 hours to think about your final decision.