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Asking for Raise

Asking for Raise
I’ve been working at my office for about 4 months. Is it reasonable to ask for a raise? I do everything from cleanings, to monthly newsletters and postcards, sterilizing and cleaning up and I only make $25/hr in Michigan.



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I don’t know what the going rate is for your area, so I don’t know if it’s high or low. But, regardless, I think it’s too early. Asking for a raise is something that is best to ask at your anniversary date. One year is plenty of time for your employer to fully evaluate your skills and determine whether you deserve a raise.
If you feel that you are well below the going rate in your area, and you have experience before this office (meaning you’re not new in the profession), then I would consider looking around for another job. Again, that’s if you feel you are “well below” the going rate. Like, if your colleagues are making $35/hour, then high-tail it out of there and start looking for another job.

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If you’ve been there over 90 days and your employer sees your credibility I think it’s ok to ask for a raise or an evaluation that includes your compensation. If you’re gonna start looking for a new job anyway, what’s the worst that could happen?? I sat go for it! Good luck

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I just wanted to add that to find out what the average pay rate is for your area, visit your State’s Employment Department or Bureau of Labor’s website. Look for occupational wage breakdown and you can find up-to-date information that’s more accurate than Salary.com per se.

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I agree with RileyRDH- I would wait a year.

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