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Designers, How To Go About Negotiating Your Salary
By Yoon Sann Wong, 12 Jun 2017
Negotiating for a higher salary can be tricky business. Thankfully, Theresa Christine Johnson from The Dieline shares five tips for designers on how to go about asking for a fair salary based on the work that you produce.
Preview three of the five recommendations below, see the full advice here.
Know what you’re worth
It can be difficult to peg a number to what you do. However, if you don’t know what you’re worth, it becomes tough to substantiate your proposed number with your capabilities.
While throwing out a random number can be tempting, Johnson advises finding out what others in your field are making. This gives you a better idea on the market rate and ensures that you’re not undervalued or asking for something unreasonable.
Evelio Mattos, Creative Director at Design Packaging says, “Once you’ve landed on a number, always ask for 10% more so you have room to negotiate.”
Consider other non-monetary benefits
At times, companies might not be willing to exceed a certain amount for an employee’s salary. One way around this would be to look at other benefits that your employer can offer. This can come in the form of additional vacation days, retirement savings options, health insurance, and even the possibility of working remotely.
Support your request with statistics
Equip yourself with some reliable numbers before heading in to your negotiation. Keep track of the projects you’ve worked on and find a way to quantify the impact that you’ve made on the initiative.
For instance, did your packaging design significantly contribute to a product’s sales and if so, by how much? If your design work led to an increase in followers and shares for the brand on social media, take note of the numbers.
Blair Decembrele from Vogue advises, “Bring an organized list of your accomplishments and the impact you’ve made.”
Continue reading two more tips about how to negotiate for your salary.
[via The Dieline, image via Shutterstock]
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