Asking for a raise requires selecting an appropriate time to talk to your boss, knowing your worth, being confident and having realistic expectations. Discernment in these areas heightens your chance of success.
- Choose the right time
Talk to your boss about setting aside a day and time to talk about your raise. Be sure to ask a few months before your evaluation. If you wait until the day of your evaluation, it may be too late. A good time to ask is when you have successfully completed a difficult task or when you have discovered the answer to a significant problem.
- Perform research on pay ranges
Know what you are worth. Find out what the pay range is for your job. The U.S. Department of Labor offers wage information on a variety of jobs.
- Sell yourself
Discuss your accomplishments, and be confident when you talk to your boss. Do not beg. A boss does not want to hear why you need a raise, as your financial needs are not his or her concern. Your boss wants to hear what you have done to merit a raise.
- Set realistic expectations
Talk to the Human Resources Department about what your company’s pay scale is for your job, and set a realistic goal.
- Try again
If you get rejected, ask your boss what you can do to improve your chances of getting a raise in the future.