Salary Negotiation Letter

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Sometimes it’s necessary to write a salary negotiation letter to clarify your position and ask for higher pay or a raise.  You need to negotiate your salary to make more money right now.  It can be scary–especially in a tough economy, but do yourself a favor and make it happen!  While we recommend you do as much negotiation as possible in person, over the phone, through a recruiter, or even an HR rep–a letter can be a powerful way to justify your request for more money.

What You’ll Lose If You DON’T Negotiate

A joint study by George Mason University and Temple University surveyed employees across many jobs and industries.  People who chose to negotiate (rather than accepting the company’s first offer) got an average of $5,000 more in annual pay. And that starting starting salary builds on itself. Let’s give an example.  Two people start a job at the same time, both getting offers of $50,000. One accepts the $50,000, and the other negotiates for an extra $5,000, bringing her salary up to $55,000. Now, if they both perform equally well and thus receive the same percentage raises throughout their careers, the one who negotiated the higher starting salary earns $600,000 more over a 40-year career.

That’s right: $600,000.

Now do you see why you MUST know how to negotiate?

Two Main Goals of Your Salary Negotiation Letter

If you must write a salary negotiation letter (get FREE sample letters after you fill out the form below), it must achieve two goals:

1. Justify your request for higher salary

Justification of a higher salary request or raise can be difficult because there are few external sources that a company will consider valid to justify your request.  The best way is to justify using the quality of your work if you’re looking for a raise. If you’re negotiating salary for a new job offer, you’ll want to know how much they want to pay FIRST, right when they ask you for your salary at your current job.

2. Convey that you’re willing to walk away

Positioning in negotiation is key. The ultimate power in a salary negotiation is walking away. Companies spend thousands of dollars to get people in the seats to interview. When they like someone, they WANT that person. If you are that person and there’s a credible threat that you’ll walk away from the offer or leave your job for a competitor, companies tend to negotiate. Let me make this clear:

It is cheaper to increase your salary than it is for them to search for new candidates.

I have hired many people throughout the course of my career and this is generally accepted law, not theory. It’s a secret employers don’t want you to know! So have confidence and don’t be afraid to actually walk away if the salary isn’t right.  Look for another job, even in this economy.

***FREE Sample Salary Negotiation Letters***

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32 thoughts on “Salary Negotiation Letter”

  1. I was offered a job that has a nice benefits package that I do not need. I would like to negotiate the cost of the benefits into my salary.

  2. I would like to negotiate salary on a new job that I have been offered. In the interview I informed the HR representative that I would like to nett R30 000, they have offered me R25 000. The position is as an HR Manager.

  3. Received a job offer & would like to write a letter negociating the wage they offered. I was employed employed by this company in the past & left 3 years ago & they have approach me to return but the wage offer is lower than what I was on at that time.

  4. my current wages are $45000.00 a year that includes insurance coverage. I want to negotiate at least $50000.00 plus insurance covered 100% and two weeks vacation to start.

  5. I got a job offer and know that I’ve been ‘low-balled’ and have an extensive background which demands higher compensation…. Also, I’m in the final stages of other job interviews which would pay substantially higher, but they haven’t given official offers yet.

  6. Please can you send me through a salary negotiation sample? I am currently on a 60k salary in the events management industry as an event manager and I have been offered a job as a product manager in another industry to which I have no experience but they want me for the role. They have offered me 55k + bonuses if we meet targets but that would = to around $56k. I am wanting to negotiate a start rate of 60k or even a review after 3 month to be 60k.

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  8. Hi, I got a new job offer and they said I am one of their best candidate. I want to negotiation 10% more from my offered base salary. Could you please do me this big favor. Thank you very much!

  9. I have a job as country programs manager for an NGO in Southern Africa. I have to establish the organization as it is new in the country and put all the necessary structures. However, the offer is low and it is just the same as my current package. Please send me sample letters for reference, many thanks.

  10. hi! i have a job offer in the healthcare industry. However, the offer does not even match my current package. would like to have some sample letters for reference, thanks.

  11. I need a request letter for salary increament, i have been working with the company for six months now and what I am underpaid compared to the work I do.

  12. I am working as a jonior insurance officer for more than six years, my performance appriasal is good.Above all I got MBA degree from Coventry university on part-time basis,yet my GM efuses to do any pay rise despite my experience and academic qualification.
    I higly appreciate your help to provide me with a letter format to convince my GM to reconsider my salary which is virtualy low.
    Best regards

  13. Karam, Simon, and Hash,

    Thanks for your comments. Glad the free samples helped you get your thoughts together. Asking for a salary increase is hard and can be scary. We provide the free sample letters to give you an immediate sense of what others have done successfully. Those are indeed isolated situations. The Salary Negotiation Guide gives a full system and approach to negotiating higher salaries whether switching jobs or within the same company. When utilizing the proven tactics in the guide, it has led to double-digit salary raises, even in this tough economy. Good luck with your raise request!

  14. i have got offered appointment as a HR manager in a manufecturing co. but the salary offered is much less when compared with my salary in the present job . needed to write a latter to president HR for salary rise giving proper justification. thanks for the samples.

  15. Please help me put my thoughts together for salary increase. I have been employed for 9 years and have contributed alot to the company. I have only had one salary increase in since i was employed.

    Thank you for your letters and help.

  16. Thanks Ferial and Anthony for telling your stories! There have been many more satisfied customers. Negotiate now or you lose thousands of dollars. Our guide literally makes you thousands of dollars!

  17. Springraise got me an extra R30,000 which is a huge jump for me. The guide is amazing and really helped me focus on where I am unique. The guide really changed my life! Totally worth every penny.

  18. I used the springraise negotiation guide and got the unthinkable! Using the techniques got me $750,000.00 bonus when I switched financial firms mid-year. That NEVER happens in the finance world. Thanks springraise and David for helping me out.

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