/ Asked by Will
I was hired at a company at a coordinator level. 9 months in, I have been switched to a director level position, which entails more hours and more responsibility. Should I ask for more money now or wait until my yearly review?
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Monday, November 23, 2015
Congratulations on your promotion in such a short period of time! You will want to make sure you have all the information on the change in title with accurate dates. There are some questions which are important to answer. When you were switched to the director level position, was that a formal process with your company where they provided you with a letter of new title and date it started? Was it something that was done in the company's HR system where if you check your company directory, you now have a "director" title?  Having these answers are helpful in providing you with documentation to approach your manager and HR.  You should track all of your old responsibilities as a coordinator and now all your new ones as a director. You will also want to include percentage of time you are performing each of your new responsibilities. If you are currently managing people, it is important to note that information. Another piece of information that would be helpful is to understand what the market rate is for the type of role you are now doing. You can look up on Glassdoor to get a feel for what roles are paying in different companies. Determine what you feel you should be getting paid based on your research. By having all of this information and documentation, you can then approach your manager with your request and he/she can see that you are justified in your request.  Good luck!
Answered by Shara, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Friday, December 11, 2015
Great question. It sounds like you got a promotion, so congrats to you! 9 months in, awesome! If the position didn't come with a raise, then I would recommend sitting down with your manager and asking about a potential increase. You were promoted, have a new level of responsibilities and moved from a coordinator level to a director level. I believe with that, should come some sort of incentive. It is okay to be open and honest with your manager, because perhaps they are waiting for your yearly review, but I don't believe it hurts to ask. If they tell you, you need to wait until your yearly review, then be prepared to kick butt in your new director level position, so that they have no choice but to reward you! Have a number in mind that will satisfy you. Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 26, 2016
Congratulations on the promotion.  Each company operates differently in these situations, but the short answer is yes, there is nothing wrong with inquiring about a salary increase if you have clearly been promoted and have more responsibility.  What is key is to do so in a professional manner.  There may be reasons that your company has not brought up this topic with you - low sales, poor economic conditions, etc.  Therefore, you have to be cognizant of these situations.  I would first go to the HR department and explain your situation and ask the general question to them of is it typical that the company provides a salary increase when responsibilities increase.  They may answer your question right there if they say it will happen at X time of the year, etc.  If they say that it is normal, I would next approach your leader and ask the same question, but do so in a very professional and humble manner.  For example, "I know you have a lot on your plate right now, but I just wanted to see there was any possibility for me to obtain a salary increase since I have greater responsibility now.  If not, I fully understand.  I just wanted to ask the question, so I can understand how it works at this company".
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