Believe it or not, I hammered out a deal where I get $31/hr when I’m on welding jobs (I get $21/hr when I do regular work). Of course, the more you make, the more the government takes…which will piss me off when my first paycheck comes, but still! I got myself another raise! And it’s a $10/hr raise for when I’m doing welding work! I feel so lucky and grateful! I’m so glad I brought it up again!
What happened was, there’s a pecking order in the company and a pecking order for when you ask for a raise, need a new tool, or things of that nature. But when the pecking order doesn’t work and your first boss says “yeah yeah” when you ask for a raise, and his boss says, “yeah yeah” when you ask or gives you another buck an hour, it seems like you got to jump to the top of the pecking order.
When I went to the company president and mentioned the raise, he said that “we’ve been tossing around the idea of paying you more when you weld.” I suggested $31/hr and after some “um”s and “ah”s, the president said, “you’ve gotten us a lot of business with your welding. We can bid for welding jobs now because of you…. and so we’ll bid out $10/hr extra when we bid for the welding jobs.”
Tomorrow I start my first welding job at the new rate of $31/hr. It feels so good getting paid more in the range where I should. It’s still a lot less then when I worked for the union, but it’s more than what I was making a couple weeks ago ($20/hr)! I’ll still have to do regular work which will get me $21/hr, but the extra money for welding will be awesome.
So what about you— do you want a raise? Will you ask for it? How will you negotiate? Scared to ask for a raise in this economy?