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Got a Raise But Not Happy About It

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Dear Experts,

Last week I was scheduled for a review with boss and she said I would be getting a raise. I had the review and it went really well. My boss was saying so many good things about me and thinks I have a great future with the company.

I got the raise she promised me but it’s a dollar more an hour! I’m really angry inside and don’t know what to do next. I was expecting a higher raise.

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#241 Lots of factors: what was it as a %? $1 raise on $10 pay is a 10% increase! Also, $1 is ~2k/year! (@beneubanks)

Q#241 What’s context? Co growing? Laying off? why shd u get more? b gr8ful 4 raise, ask if more $ poss l8r. (@juliaerickson)

Q#241 Think you deserve more? Prove it! You need solid stats to back up why you are worth every extra penny. (@jtodonnell)

Q#241 Disappointed in your raise? May have been a lot relative to others. Clarify expectations w/boss. (@keppie_careers)

Q#241 Look at the raise as a percentage of your total wage. 2-3% is inflationary, 5-10% would be decent. Negotiate from there. (@gradversity)

Q#241 You’ve got to sell your value with cold hard facts demonstrating revenue/improvements you’ve generated. (@dawnbugni)

Q#241 Cool off. sched a 2nd mtg. w/ boss. hilite achievements and ask 4 mid-yr. review w. incrs 4 achieving specific goals. (@DebraWheatman)

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