Is it standard to negotiate the salary on a promotion?

The backstory: 

Is it standard to negotiate the salary on a promotion?

— Abby
New York, NY

Alex's Advice

Abby —

Congratulations: you got a promotion! Finally, someone recognized how hard you’ve been working and wants to formally recognize your contributions. This is awesome!

Just as you’re about to celebrate your shiny new title, it occurs to you: no one said anything about a raise.

You’re realizing that you’ve got even more responsibility on your plate, but it doesn’t sound like your paycheck is going to be adjusted to match. Now what? Is this negotiable?

Yes. Everything is negotiable. And in the spirit of taking bold action to advance your career goals in 2018, I would say it is imperative that you ask for a raise.

Read on to find out exactly why and how to do it

Best of luck to you, Abby!

— Alexandra Dickinson
CEO + founder

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Alexandra Dickinson

Alexandra Dickinson is the CEO and founder of Ask For It, a boutique consulting company working to close the gender wage gap by effecting change at both the institutional and individual level. We work with companies, schools, organizations and individuals through a combination of trainings, workshops and consulting. Our goal is for women and men to be paid based on their talents and skills, regardless of gender, and for our company to have been an important part of that change.