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IT Salary: 10 Ways To Get A Raise

Do you deserve a bigger IT paycheck? Here's how to negotiate with bosses, navigate counteroffers, and avoid mistakes.
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Prepare

Before you meet with your manager, make a list of your accomplishments, skills, and the value you provide -- and be prepared to talk about them. 'Whether you've been working with a company for six months or six years, you want facts and figures outlining the value you've added,' Parkhill says.

For example, if you work on projects that directly generate revenue for the organization, show the ROI that the company received from your employment, Instant Technology's Brosseau adds. 'Further investment and responsibility should bring even stronger demands.'

Prepare

Before you meet with your manager, make a list of your accomplishments, skills, and the value you provide -- and be prepared to talk about them. "Whether you've been working with a company for six months or six years, you want facts and figures outlining the value you've added," Parkhill says.

For example, if you work on projects that directly generate revenue for the organization, show the ROI that the company received from your employment, Instant Technology's Brosseau adds. "Further investment and responsibility should bring even stronger demands."

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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. 
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?
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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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?
Laurianne
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6/30/2014 | 12:56:40 PM
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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.
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.
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