8 Answers to Common Salary Negotiation Questions

Down & Dirty Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Negotiation Questions

8. "How much is too much?"

Q: When asking for a higher salary, how much higher is generally reasonable? $10,000? $15,000? More than that?

A: It’s valuable to look at increases as both a number value and a percentage. An entry-level raise from $32,000 to $37,000 is a nice 16% increase, but the same $5,000 raise from $72,000 to $77,000 is only 7%. For a raise at your current job, the average increase is roughly 3%, with top-performers around 5%-10%. Getting a promotion with a new title can be much higher than that (your range of $10,000 or more), as can changing jobs.