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Negotiate Your Salary

Learning the art of negotiating your salary may help you earn more money, receive extra benefits or provide increased flexibility in your work environment.

The salary an employer offers may be the deciding factor as you consider a job offer. Salaries may be negotiable, but have reasonable expectations during the negotiating process to evaluate the offer wisely. Use the Research Occupations tool on MySECO to find the occupational wage information in your current or future location.

Remember, salary is only one part of your compensation — great benefits or a flexible schedule may make up for a lower salary. The high cost of employer health care benefits may be a bargaining point in your salary discussions if you choose not to take them.

Tips to remember when negotiating include the following:

  • Do your research
  • Understand your value
  • Postpone salary discussions until after you’ve been hired
  • Consider perks and benefits
  • Prepare to negotiate
  • Emphasize how you will benefit the company and can save them money or time
  • Be reasonable and flexible, making it a win-win negotiation

Review Negotiate Your Salary and Career Planning and Salary before you begin salary discussions. If you have questions about negotiating salary or need more information to help with your job search, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to speak with a SECO career coach or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for additional guidance.

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