Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 13, 2015
It is not rude to attempt to negotiate a higher salary as long as you approach it in a professional manner. In other words, do not act arrogant or insulted by the salary offer that is extended to you. Instead, take the approach of being very appreciative of the job offer, but you would like to discuss it with those closest to you. This will give you a little time to do some reseach as to what someone with your degree and GPA, etc. should be making in the geographic location that you are in. Keep in mind that a salary offer in the midwest will be significantly different than one in New York, for example. If after your research, you conclude that their salary offer is below market, politely ask them if there is any possibility of negotiation. Again, the recruiter will not be insulted as long as you ask the question professionally. Be prepared, however, if they decline to negotiate to make the decision at that time as to whether or not you will accept their offer. It could be a bigger gamble to decline an offer and wait for another one than to accept a salary that you may feel is too low.