Follow-up to: Salary, Negotiation, and Salary Requirement/Total Compensation

Subject: Follow-up to: Salary, Negotiation, and Salary Requirement/Total Compensation
From: TECHWR-L Administrator <admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com>
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Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2009 06:32:42 -0700


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I thought I'd let everyone know what happened with my salary
negotiations.

The discussion about my expectations was very short. I presented my
requirements and made it very clear that I had never made them a
secret. I told him that I would not have come in for the original
interview if I had been told they weren't acceptable. I pointed out
that in my career path, I was equivalent to the two senior
programmers, and should be drawing a fairly equivalent salary. I
showed him the information from simplyhired.com, showing the average
salary for the area. He wrote everything down and said he would
research and get back to me.

That afternoon, we met again, and his first words were, "you were
right". He needed to talk to his partner, but he thought we could come
to a good compromise. He promised a revised offer letter.

Friday we met again, and I was told I had a choice. He showed me the
revised offer letter, which provided a salary at the average level
given by simplyhired.com plus a signing bonus. Or, he said, they would
be willing to keep me as a contractor but with a $10/hour bump in
rate.

I took the offer letter. It isn't quite what I'd asked for when I came
in, but it is pretty close, and the signing bonus helps a great deal.
The benefits here are good, especially for a small company, and I
enjoy the work and the people I work with.

Thanks to all who provided advice and perspective. It was very useful
while preparing for the first discussion, and it helped to keep me
calm through the whole experience.

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