ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tips on How to Ask for a Pay Rise At Work

Updated on July 18, 2011

How to Ask for a Pay Rise

A lot of people wonder how to ask for a pay rise, and the vast majority get no further than wondering, which means they often end up dissatisfied or feeling under-valued because their boss 'obviously' hasn't realised their worth.

What these people fail to realise is that a pay rise is not a right - it must be earned. The most the majority of employees are entitled to is an annual pay review ~ and if the review finds that the pay being paid is fair then so be it.

Jobs are offered at a particular rate of pay and if you acccept the job you accept that rate of pay. Doing the job to the best of your ability only entitles you to that pay - it is after all the job you have been employed to do.

The point is saying this is that if your reasoning for wanting a pay rise is simply 'cause I haven't had one this year' then you're unlikely to get one now.

So if you're serious about wanting a pay rise you need to realise that the onus is on you to prove why you deserve it - and this proof falls into 2 main categories:

  • Providing value to the company
  • Market Value


Do You Deserve a Pay Rise - What is Your Value to the Company

Remember, you are paid for doing what is in your job description, so if that is all you are doing then from an employers point of view you can understand why they would be loathe to give you a pay rise simply for doing your job.

What you need to be able to show is what you are doing above and beyond the confines of your job description - and importantly what impact your actions have had on the company i.e. where have you added value.

Examples may be over-hauling a admin system to increase efficiency, taking on extra responsibilities during the absence of another staff member, clinching a contract or training other members of staff.

You need to be able to state what you did, why you did it and what the on-going value to the company is.

Check Your Market Value

If you pass the first hurdle of being able to show that you are operating above requirement and therefore potentially worthy of a pay increase the next step is to demonstrate you have considered what that pay increase should be.

Think of the 'asking for a pay rise' process as an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to think rationally and objectively and to put together an effective proposal.

Be prepared for your employer to ask you what you would consider a fair pay rise to be. Your employer isn't asking because they're lazy and don't want to work it out themselves, they want to see if you can demonstrate objectivity when it comes to your own skill level.

When coming to a decision about what you believe a fair pay rise would be there are various tools at your disposal you can use:

  • Salary surverys - if you can't find an exact job match use the closest level you can. Use a variety of companies and employment sectors and highlight variations and potential reasons for these.
  • Search job sites for similar positions being advertised in your area or within commuting distance to get an idea of market rate.


What To Do If Your Pay Rise is Turned Down

If your request for a pay rise is rejected ask why. It may be that it's bad timing and there isn't money in the pot at that time, or it may be that the process ends with the decision that you are being paid fairly after all.

One thing I would advise is that you think about this situation before you start the process - and you think about what you would do if your request is turned down i.e. will you stay, or look for another job.

Under no circumstances should you threaten to leave if you don't get your pay rise.This is probably the quickest way to finding out just how dispensable you are, and leaves you in a very vulnerable position.

Be professional at all times, and remember that if the result isn't initially what you wanted but spurs you on to bigger and better things then you achieved your goal.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)