How to ask for a Raise Intelligently…and get it!

Like many people today, you’re doing pretty well at your job. You would like to continue in that position, or even grow within the company. In fact, you meet your goals. Your work is exemplary. However, there is an issue that you would like to review with your boss. So, I’m willing to bet that the question on your mind right now is, “How do you ask for a raise? “… Did I get it right?

This famous rise! … You have been waiting impatiently for some time, thinking that it would come by itself… But it seems that you will have to launch the topic yourself . Don’t worry, it’s common.

Although your boss is satisfied with your work, he or she thinks above all about the profitability of the business. So often, if you don’t ask for a raise, they let it slide so your salary is the least amount of money possible that has to come out of the company. Ready, right?

In this article we will see together how to request a salary increase. What is the best time ? How to justify it ? How much to ask? And what if your boss refuses?

You will also receive all my advice to approach this topic (always delicate, let’s be honest) correctly.

Why ask for a salary increase?

Yes, it’s true: a good atmosphere at work, the diversity of tasks entrusted to us, breaks to eat with colleagues and recognition are very important on a day-to-day basis… But let’s be honest! Salary remains, in general, the key element of well-being and motivation at work.

At first, you may choose a job for reasons other than pay. But, sooner or later, you will inevitably feel the need to obtain a salary equal to your tasks .

Why? Because it is a real source of motivation! There are mornings where, with good colleagues or not, you really don’t have the motivation to go to work. And it is in these moments that a good salary acquires all its value.

If you know the company believes in you and offers you a generous and motivating salary to prove it, then you’ll be more likely to come to work every day. If, on the other hand, your employer is not like that, despite the fact that you are an efficient employee and that your results are good, it is time to ask for a salary increase!

Of course, it’s not enough to want or need a raise. It is important to request it at the right time and to be able to justify it by finding the right words.

When to ask for a salary increase?

It must be said: salary revaluation is rarely automatic. If that is your case: you have hit the jackpot! . You have fallen into one of the few companies that knows well the efficiency of its employees and considers it obvious to redistribute the value created . So, of course, you can continue reading this article out of curiosity, but between us, you already know that your reward will come by itself…

If unfortunately you are in the opposite case, it is obvious that we will ask for a salary increase when we consider that the work we are doing largely meets the objectives that have been given to us.

In fact, if a few months have passed since your work is impeccable, you perfectly fulfill all the tasks that have been entrusted to you and even go beyond what is asked of you, bingo! It’s time to talk to your superior.

If every year you meet with your boss to do an annual work review, and this appointment is close, it may be worth waiting to talk about this topic face to face . However, it is likely that at this time your colleagues also make the same request . And it’s possible that your piece of the pie is less important than you expected…

This annual meeting is an opportunity to take stock of your work and the prospects for evolution. If all goes well, at the end of the meeting, you can present your request for a salary increase, supported, of course, by favorable arguments.

Knowing how to ask for a raise also means seizing the right moment!

How to justify a salary increase?

It is about showing that you are aware of your efficiency and that you know well how the company works.

If you want to see your payroll increase, it goes without saying that your results must be as expected by management, that all your tasks must be completed and that your behavior must be exemplary.

If this is not the case, my only advice is to wait before making your request. In fact, how can you expect the company to grant you a salary increase if, for your part, you do not meet the expected expectations?

Likewise, asking for a pay raise shouldn’t become a habit.Since you would run the risk of going through someone capricious.

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Your good work will help you justify that much desired salary increase.

How to ask for a salary increase: what arguments can I present to justify it?

You will have to seriously prepare and arm yourself with courage to reach the goal. It is important to think carefully about the arguments that you can use to motivate your request. I warn you: there is no room for improvisation, you must PRE-PA-RAR-TE!

I advise you to focus on two or three arguments instead of losing yourself ( and losing your interlocutor, at the same time ) on many points that would not be 100% justifiable. You must be as clear as possible and be able to give concrete examples to illustrate each argument used.

I have two other tips for you:

  • Be as brief  as possible. Time is limited!
  • Remain upbeat throughout your argument, regardless of your superior’s reactions.

Here I show you how to request a well-argued salary increase. This list of arguments, which you can obviously use, does not include all possible explanations.

“My work is impeccable”

We agree that it is perfectly normal for you to meet the goals you have been given. You get paid for it after all!

What you have to prove here is that your results are beyond what was expected of you. To do this, I advise you to prepare a small file with numerical results that clearly show that you exceed the established objectives.

“I just signed an unexpected good contract”

Did you just pull off a masterstroke?Does the entire management congratulate you on this? Successes don’t happen every day! That is why you have to highlight them as much as you can.

This is an important argument that can work in your favor. Do not hesitate in this case, ask for the salary increase one or two weeks after this victory. It is still fresh in everyone’s memory.

“I receive many congratulations emails from my clients or suppliers”

Frequently, customers, suppliers or other agents outside the company send you a few words to congratulate you on your work, your seriousness.

Everyone knows that for a company, customer loyalty is much more complicated than acquiring new customers. That is why these types of messages can be used to support your request for a raise.

“I am a motivating force in the group”

In addition to performing well at your job, do you have the ability to motivate the troops? If thanks to you and your good humor, there is a good atmosphere within the team, do not hesitate to say so!

Not everyone can say that they have a good atmosphere in their team.

A good environment inevitably generates better results! In fact, messages go through better, communication between collaborators is more fluid. And this is noticeable in the work of each one and in the results of the company.

“My superior delegates many of his tasks to me”

Do you have daily tasks, but very often it happens that your superior generously gives you some of his?

Sure, it’s a bit annoying at times, but it’s a great argument to fall back on! This shows that he has full confidence in you and that you are a great support for him on a daily basis.

Show that you are a dedicated person, ready to help when the need arises. And especially that you easily resist pressure . And that, believe me, is not the case for everyone!

«The average salary in the sector and for the same position are higher»

Before you talk to your boss, take a look at the salaries offered in the market.Reassure them that you don’t plan to look elsewhere, that you’re doing very well with the company, and that you want to grow with them. But show him that the salary difference is far from insignificant.

You can even say that one of the competitors or an employment agency has contacted you to offer you a job…

Your boss may not be aware of salaries elsewhere. This is the occasion to make him see that a salary increase is necessary.

“I am the only one who masters this or that knowledge”

If you are lucky enough to be the only one in the company to master a particular technique, now is the time to introduce this crucial point!

It is a real opportunity to stand out from your colleagues and show your boss that you are the only one and that you bring added value to the team.

And don’t forget: “Whoever tries nothing, has nothing!”

Once these arguments are well prepared and illustrated , it’s time to ask the quantity question. Knowing how to ask for a raise is good, but knowing how much to ask for is even better!

How much to ask?

One thing is for sure, you want to earn a little more at the end of the month, but how much exactly?

You must prepare your argument because it is possible that your interlocutor will ask you directly how much you value your salary increase . Or, it could offer you less than you had imagined. And in this case, we will have to negotiate!

To do this, compare your current salary to the market average. If you have friends who work in the same sector, in the same position as you, do not hesitate to ask them how much they earn. Okay, there is a possibility that it will be difficult to get an answer, because the subject of salary is still quite taboo for some people…

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Think about how much you value your salary increase… You may have to negotiate.

According to workplace expert and author Lynn Taylor,”As a general rule of thumb, it’s appropriate to ask for 10-20% more than your current salary.” Actually, it is up to you to estimate what you want to achieve and especially what you find worthy in society.

You can also propose a progressive salary increase every 6 months or every year. You show your employer that you see your future next to him and that you have a long-term vision in the company. It will be reassuring for him to know that good workers are not going to knock on the door of their competitors and are ready to outdo themselves more and more.

What to do if your request for an increase is not accepted?

Your boss may refuse by replying:

  • “You are already well paid.”
  • “I don’t want salary differences between employees.”
  • “This year, there are no salary increases.”
  • Or other arguments…

Knowing how to ask for a raise is also about thinking about all the comments your boss might make. Therefore, he prepares your answers as best as possible to negotiate . This will show that you are not taking the issue lightly and that you have thought the situation through.

In general, the company can only agree to the idea of ​​redistributing the profits obtained. However, if you have to face a rejection, there are several alternatives that you can activate. At this point, I want to say that only you can know whether or not your boss is ready to think of another solution.

A variable part or objective bonus

If your salary currently consists of only a fixed part, it may be the time to request the assignment of a variable part according to your results.

The goal here is to show your boss that he is in control of how much you get paid. In addition, it is a solution that will motivate you every day, since it is up to you to meet your goals to earn more.

Benefits in kind

Depending on your position, industry and company policy, you can negotiate the provision of a smartphone, a laptop or a function vehicle.


Do you have family limitations or do you just want to work from home from time to time?

Time to talk about this! It is true that it is not a salary increase as you had imagined. But telecommuting is a real advantage that can allow you to save on gas, parking, childcare or babysitting if you have children.

You have understood it well: beyond a monetary reward, there are also other solutions that the company can implement to thank you for your good work and your good results.

It’s up to you, see what’s possible. But yes, it is important to always stay calm, not to be upset or angry if your request is denied.

And if your company really can not give you more, I propose many ideas in this blog to:

  • earn extra money to make ends meet ,
  • earn money online ,
  • make money with what you already have ,
  • and much more in other articles.

Mistakes to avoid

I’d rather warn you: the strategies I cite below will lead to failure. To have the odds on your side, I advise you to avoid them!

I already explained how to request a salary increase. Here is a list of mistakes you should avoid :

  • Not being informed of the average salaries in the industry.
  • Ask for a specific amount, without being open to negotiation.
  • Let yourself be carried away by emotion. Do not appear angry or frustrated at a refusal.
  • Do not apply cautiously.
  • Do some kind of blackmail, for example “to stay motivated, I need an X% raise.”
  • Give an ultimatum: “If I don’t get a raise before next month, I’m quitting.”
  • Compare your salary with that of another employee. The goal is that your salary depends on your skills, not the neighbor’s, right?

To end

Now you have all the keys in your hand. You know how to ask your boss for a raise. The tips in this article have already proven themselves more than once. They offer excellent results to those who adopt them.

Do you have a particular question about one of the points covered in this article? Do you want to share a tip with my readers? Feel free to leave me a comment on this topic.

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