3 Reasons Why You Should Counter a Salary Offer
After months of sending out resumes and going to interviews, you finally get that email offering you a position. Congratulations! But, before you accept the first salary offered to you, read below to find out why it’s a good idea to counter and ask for more money.
1 - Employers always offer the lowest salary.
They do this on purpose. Many people don’t know this, but employers are expecting you not to accept the first amount they offer so they go as low as possible, in anticipation of you coming back and asking for a bit more. They know that more than likely you will have done your research, know your value, and have a set salary in mind. Asking for a higher salary is not unusual. In fact, it is done very often, so don’t feel bad doing it. If you are worried about how much more to ask for, try going up by increments of 5 (if you are offered thirty thousand a year, counter with thirty-five thousand). More than likely, your employer will meet you halfway, if not giving you the exact amount you requested.
2 - Most women are too afraid to counteroffer.
Don’t be afraid! If you were offered the position, it means that the employer wants you. In this case, you have the upper-hand. As women, we are taught to be sweet and docile. This works sometimes, but not when it comes to money. Studies have shown that men are more likely to negotiate their salaries than women. It could be that women are afraid of turning the employer off. It could also be from the excitement of finally landing employment. In any event, this statistic may be one of the main reasons why men are generally paid more than women. Since you will be doing the same job as your male counterpart, why not get paid as much as he does? The current feminist movement is about equality, and this is your opportunity to makes things equal.
3 - It shows the employer that you mean business.
And not in a bad way. But, when you counter their salary offer, it sends a signal to the employer that you are confident, know your worth, and are not afraid to speak up when the time comes. It also shows that you are knowledgeable about the job market, and have done your research.
With all of that being said, make sure to do your homework on the salary of your desired job. Search on websites like Glassdoor to see how much money people in the same position are making in your region. Don’t go into it asking for a ridiculous amount, but don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Be firm, but reasonable. The worst thing they can do is offer you something lower, but it will still be worth it, and your salary will be more than what they first offered.