How To Ask For And Give A Raise [Infographic]

ask for a raiseIn this tough economy we'd all like to earn a little more money. But given the fragile recovery and the throngs of Americans who still remain out of work, now may seem like a bad time to ask for a raise.

Still, many workers are long overdue for a boost in wages. Income growth has been stagnant for much of the last decade even as prices for many goods, such as fuel, education and health care, have continued to rise.

A recent survey suggests that the average worker this year can expect an increase in wages of 3 percent, according to Mercer, a human-resource consultancy. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, consumer prices rose 3 percent in the 12 months ending December, leaving workers to merely tread water when it comes to earning more money.

Workers typically receive raises following annual or semi-annual performance reviews. Those may provide key moments to ask a supervisor for more money, if a meeting is part of the review process, and the increase in pay isn't all you'd hope it would be.

If no meeting is planned, ask to set one up, says workplace-expert Lindsay Olson in a post on U.S. News & World Report. But be sure to be prepared to discuss your contributions to the organization and forthcoming about your pay-raise expectations.

Further, she says, asking for a raise because co-workers make more than you do or the cost of living has risen won't likely seal the deal.

Proving that you deserve more money, Olson says, "needs to be based on your personal performance."

For more about how to ask for a raise, check out this infographic from, a producer of online training programs.

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February 02 2012 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

February 02 2012 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jaypee Garden Isles

Great article!!!

February 02 2012 at 5:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Asking for the rise has always been difficult for me (and I think for most people). Thanks for the article! It's great!

February 01 2012 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is just another ad for " Mindflash" . If I were the CEO of Mindflash and saw a rep from Huffpo coming I'd run the other way like my ass was on fire.

February 01 2012 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bull! I asked for a raise after having a excellent evaluation report and over a year employed by the company
plus stating reason for request and got "Fired" HR said I was demanding a pay raise. Every employee got
3.5% except me and they had no previous compalints about my work or meetings of poor job performances.
It has now gone to Labor Relations of Missouris Commission on Human Rights charges are now active
against the company and they won't respond,but hide from questioning.
You can't even ask for a pay raise any longer at all or you'll get ax'ed. Employers own the job market today.

February 01 2012 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

in life you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate

February 01 2012 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I always have such a problem with raises based on percentages. Three percent of $150,000 is about $375 per month. Three percent of $20,000 per year is $50 per month. And we wonder why the rich get richer.

January 31 2012 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gee ... I just got my first review from where I work. They are supposed to do the first one at the end of six months. I have worked there since the end of October ... 2010. They were only fifteen months late. It was a fairly good review, but don't know if it will get me a raise.

January 31 2012 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What, don't ask for one?

January 31 2012 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to belldn3's comment

Why should you not ask for one? Everytime I was let go I always got a better paying
job...So, sometimes they are doing you a favor...Always continue to look for a better
opportunity..Your employer is there to make money, not to make you happy..Don''t
forget that.....Look out for number ONE......

February 01 2012 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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