Re: Ask for a raise? Or pack my bags?

Subject: Re: Ask for a raise? Or pack my bags?
From: "RaphaelWorkman -at- comcast -dot- net" <raphaelworkman -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:37 -0600

Thanks to all for your advice so far! I realize I forgot to add a few key points.

I earned a BA degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa in 2010.

I commute from north of downtown Denver to south of downtown Denver through rush hour traffic. I spend 8-10 hrs/wk commuting.

Denver region is above the national average so my original salary goals are spot on or even a bit conservative.

I put out my resume to a few big companies and haven't received any interest back yet.

Companies in my area that are actually hiring are paying $50-$75/yr for tech writing and editing jobs popping up last month and this month.

I like the people I work with. My boss is nice. I like what I do. I didn't realize I was making so little until my little brother got a new job earning $75/yr (as a CFP) but told me his company is hiring regular people with bachelor's degrees starting at $50/yr. to basically just answer phones in a call center environment. That's a thousand dollars a month more than I make now and it's not even the regional average for tech writers in Denver Colorado, which is $62/yr ($2,000/mo more than I earn now).

Here are some supporting pics. I entered my info (e.g. 3 yrs experience) into salary.com. for my region: Denver.







As you can see, I'm in the 10% who earn less than $47/yrâway less.

Raph

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> On Jun 23, 2015, at 12:33 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com> wrote:
>
> Look up Technical Writer II for your city on salary.com. The national
> average can be misleading.
>
> If you're worth considerably more than they're paying you, you'd
> probably get more faster by changing jobs. Even if your employer
> recognizes that you're underpaid, they'd probably choke on paying you
> twice what you were getting three years ago.
>
> If they know you're working for less than you're worth, they won't
> want to replace you until they have to. If they don't think you're
> worth more than they're paying you, they won't expect you to leave for
> a better-paying job.
>
> On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 4:31 PM, RaphaelWorkman -at- comcast -dot- net
> <raphaelworkman -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:
>> Hello tech writers:
>>
>> I don't know where else to turn for advice.
>>
>> Is it a risk to my job security to ask my supervisor or an HR employee for a raise or work from home privileges? I earn an anonymous amount of money between $36K and $38K annually. I was hired 3.5 years ago at $32K. I just found out the national average is around $60K
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