Negotiate an Offer

Negotiating an Offer


Negotiating salary and benefits is simply the discussion of a job offer. While some may find salary negotiations to be intimidating, it does not have to be. You and the potential employer are on the same side. It is important to consider all parts of the compensation package when evaluating a job offer, including but not limited to salary, benefits, relocation, opportunities for advancement, and continuing education.

Organize Your Thoughts

  • Do Your Research!
    • Research average salaries for your field. Make sure to think about location, experience level, and industry!
  • Know Your Needs!
    • Evaluate your needs from a job and salary. Be sure to consider items such as professional development opportunities, continuing education, and other benefits.
  • Identify Your Range!
    • After completing your research and evaluating your needs, you should come up with your ideal salary range.
    • Make sure you think of your low, middle, and high ideal salaries.
  • Set an Exact Salary!
    • Finally, set your exact salary number you would be willing to accept!

Understanding the Time-Line of Salary Negotiation!

Key Items to Consider

  • What are your priorities?
  • Where is the organization located?
  • What are your needs (benefits, lifestyle, work environment)?
  • Is the position your 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice?
  • Will this decision impact family?
  • What is the cost of living in this location?
  • Does the location fit your desired lifestyle?
  • How does this position align with your long term goals (opportunities for advancement or professional development)

Be sure to check out the C3’s Salary Negotiation Guide for communication examples!

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