Your guide to asking for a raise

Asking for a raise can be intimidating. To ease your nerves, keep in mind that 70% of employees who request a higher salary receive some sort of increase.

When you approach your boss about a raise, there are simple steps you can take to be respectful and efficient with how you go about it:

Be conscious about timing

Waiting for the right moment can play a key role in getting the higher salary you desire. Before scheduling the meeting with your boss, think about the timing of your request.

If you haven't worked at the company for at least six months, it's probably too early to be asking for a raise.

Once you've decided it's the right time, connect with your boss about setting up a meeting. Be respectful of their busy schedule by allowing them to pick the time and place.

Know your value

Do some research to find out how much other people in your position get paid, so that your salary request is both reasonable and competitive.

Then, make a list of the goals you've achieved since you started with the company to show that you're worth that number. This could include the number of sales you've closed or how many projects you've led.

Follow up

Try to establish a timeline so that you know when your boss will make their decision.

After the meeting, send them an email going over everything that was discussed so that they have something for future reference.

Check out our infographic for more tips on how to approach a raise with your boss: