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Any good tips or resources for asking for a raise within the creative industry?
Im thinking about asking for a $15,000 increase. Too much?
yeah too much you're more in the $13,500 range increase.
5% of your salary
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Depends on what you currently make. If you make 45k, then, possibly.
Look at it as a percentage of your annual salary. For instance, say you're making 100k (for easy math).
Do you think asking for a 15% raise is asking too much?
Sounds like you should've started broaching this subject a couple of years ago...
it's never too much if you think you're worth it.
you are worth it! if you can prove it.
Three ways to get pay rises in the creative industries:
1) We on a team that wins a pitch for a massive account (massive in terms of revenue for the agency);
2) Win a boat-load of awards;
3) Change job, and go to another agency.
be prepared to leave the company if you are asking for a 15k increase with your current responsibilities.
Might just be me, but I don't think 15% is all _that_ insane.
Consider this scenario:
- You current salary is 55k
- You end up being on a pitch team for a major airline, worth several million annually to the agency
- Agency wins pitch
- When it comes to review time, that's your trump card, and you can start negotiating
That was my scenario a couple of years ago. I start my negotiating position at 15%, and eventually we signed on a 11.5% rise, which is far away better than a kick in the balls, and still significantly more than 5%.
Unfortunately it is still an employers market out there...
It took quitting and moving to a new company to get a large pay raise. I think that's just it goes if you're looking for the big $$$.
what studderine said. you can use the bait of a higher paying job to get that raise easier than just doing your duties well. If you have an offer that is 15% higher at another job they may give you a raise if they like you and you are worth it. If you just go and ask for a 15% raise I am not sure you will have the same leverage. Moving jobs is the best way I've moved up in salary.
I like the studio that I am working at and would like to stay. I have no plans to leave if they refuse my 15k increase. Im just not sure if 15k sounds to outrageous. I figure its better to make the asking raise to high then to low and negotiate from there.
At my first job, I received a 20k raise after just one year. It may have been dumb luck because two other designers I worked with had quit for higher paying jobs. I didn't actually threaten to leave but they still offered me a raise to keep me there.
Just go freelance - BOOm! 15K Rise!
one year, i just decided to ask for a bunch of shit at my review..pay increase and a 4 day work week. I even asked that my good friend at the company got the 4 day thing too...and I actually got all of that..So me a my buddy would hang out on Fridays and have a drink, laughing the whole time...lasted 2 years until some new Marketing Director came in and shut it all down. Fun while it lasted.
What is your ammo to think you are worth that much more?
You'll never get it if you don't ask for it. You can't get fired for asking for a raise, worst that happens is they say no.
Ask for 15%, expect to settle for 10-12%. Ask for extra vacation and other stuff as well so there's some room to negotiate.
FYI: A week vacation is worth 2% salary, plus whatever they're losing in production, so keep that in mind. If they lowball you and say there's "no budget", or "you can't make more than so and so", ask for extra weeks.