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".