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Question :

Dear Career Doctor,

As my topic said, I am not too satisfy with my current salary right now. Even I am in a management position - managing a small division of 2 people. 
Having 5 years in the company, my salary is just around 23k.  When I read the salary index, it should be at least 25k or more.

I start this division 3 years ago and build up a good reputation in the industry already.  However, when I look at my pay every month, it didn't give me any motivation at all

The fact is... it's a niche market which option is not too much. I am in late 30s now and not holding any degree but some what professional diploma from distance learning. My expectation would be around 30k -40k per month.

Posted by Cornwall on Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010

Comments :


Posted Tuesday 28th December 2010 07:30:00 PM


Cornwall, you are lucky. You know, I am over 30 with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in well-known universities. My basic salary is only 17K which is several thousands higher than fresh graduates and even less than them. My wife's and friends' salaries are already a double and triple of mine.


Posted Saturday 21st August 2010 01:07:00 AM


you should talk to your boss. ask for comments of the performance and why there were not salary increment. you need to tell your boss you are not satisfy with what you having now and want to have market level salary.


Posted Monday 2nd August 2010 02:22:00 PM


I'm a personal assistant (to top management) for nearly 15 years. I've been with the current company for 13 years. The company was detached from a MNC & became a local independent company 10 years ago. Since then, the yearly increment had been minimal. In fact most of time there's NO yearly increment due to overall economic environment or business performance. I expect 32K to 35K for my years of experience. Is it unreasonable?

Career Doctor

Posted Tuesday 29th June 2010 10:18:00 PM


First things first, you said that accordingly to a salary index your salary should be 25K, you're only 2K short after all! If your performance is good and significant and outstanding enough, and that it's a niche market, you're in such a strong position to go talk to your boss and ask for a raise, 2K after all is not a huge increment. They can't afford to lose you neither, can they? On the other hand, you think you're worth 30 to 40K? Can you tell me how you worked this figure/range out? You've been with this company for five years, what was your starting salary? Did you start off pretty low or did your salary increment simply fail to reflect your contribution? Which of the two is your case? Even if the salary you're receiving isn't quite satisfying, your job in itself doesn't give you any job satisfaction at all? If you ask me, job satisfaction is far more motivating than salary itself. In the end it's our career that is at stake, if my employer ill treats or underpays me, I'd still work and give the best I can all the same. Be patient and wait. When the time is right and a job comes up, I'd simply quit, that's it! On one hand you said you're not well educated, on the other you said you expect 30 to 40K, can you tell me what you have to prove and sell that you're worth it? It's perfectly fine to ask for a raise, or to ask future employers this as your expected salary, however you need to be well prepared and confident about your own achievements and accomplishments to back up your request.


Posted Friday 2nd July 2010 11:03:00 PM


Age does not equate salary level, and I don't think many late 30s are earning 100K or more. Having said that, your dissatisfaction is real, and I concur with Interesting's comment below. Though in a niche market with limited options, you may find you are already getting your market's worth.


Posted Thursday 1st July 2010 02:13:00 AM


Look for opportunities(some competitors may weight your talent more than others) before negotiate seems like a safer approach


Posted Saturday 26th June 2010 11:06:00 PM


why don't you expect 50-60K? lots of late 30s are making 100K. You can discuss this with your boss, asking for salary increase.


Posted Friday 25th June 2010 09:40:00 PM


I'm just a little bit curious.. From the employer point of view, how can you convince them that you worth 30K - 40K?