HOW TO EARN MORE MONEY (WITHOUT NEGOTIATING SALARY)
Everyone should negotiate salary. Those who ask for more money are likely to get it, and those who don’t ask may lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of their career.
But even if you know that you deserve to earn more money, you may feel reluctant to ask for it. That’s normal—in one Payscale survey, 28% of respondents who had never asked for higher pay said they’d held off because they were uncomfortable negotiating salary.
Here are a few tips on how to earn more money without negotiating salary:
Transfer to Another Department
Love your employer but want more money? Ask about a transfer to a different department at the company. Look for signs that other teams at the organization have more room for growth—for example, people getting promoted, landing bonuses, or moving on to more lucrative jobs and employers when they do decide to leave the company.
Learn Hot Skills
Picking up in-demand skills can help you get a promotion, land a higher-paying job, or earn more money without changing a thing. The last option depends on your company placing a premium on a certain skill set—and recognizing the value of those skills in their compensation planning process. Be sure to ask your manager what skills are most valuable for your role.
Take Your Transferable Skills to a New Job
Do you feel like you’re at a professional dead end? You may be working in a career field that doesn’t have much room for growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes research on job growth in its Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can see its projections for your job by searching for your job title.
Transferable skills can be either hard skills (job-specific knowledge like coding languages) or soft skills (people skills like listening, communication, or emotional intelligence). These abilities can increase your hireability in more than one job role or industry.
For example, let’s say that your work experience is in hospitality or food service, but you want to move into sales. You can use your customer service skills and experience to impress hiring managers in your new field.
Look for Jobs at Pay-Transparent Companies
Have you ever been told to keep your salary a secret from your co-workers? If the person advising you to keep mum was your boss or another representative of the company, bad news for them: Their advice was probably illegal. Most of the time, your right to discuss your salary with your colleagues is protected under the National Labor Relations Act. This means that you can discuss how much you make without fear of repercussions (as far as the law is concerned).4
There are good reasons why this right is protected. Increased salary transparency makes it harder for organizations to pay employees unfairly. Over time, being open about salary can help close the gender pay gap and resolve pay inequity, especially for BIPOC employees.
Of course, knowing you have the right to discuss your pay isn’t the same thing as feeling comfortable talking about salary at the lunch table. So, if pay transparency is important to you, look for an organization that shares your values.
In recent years, a few companies have adopted pay transparency, including Buffer, Whole Foods, and Starbucks. This means different things at different organizations—some, like Buffer, publish the exact dollar amount for every salary earned.5 Others provide salary ranges for each job title and insights into how employees can earn more.
But any amount of pay-scale information is better than what you’re likely to get at most employers, where salary is typically a black box. So, if you’re looking for work and you want to know exactly how your pay stacks up, look for pay-transparent employers.
In a world where we are faced with towering levels of responsibilities, it has become common for adults to earn more money and make ends meet. Whether it’s to support one’s education, help a loved one financially, or simply to make sure that we are financially secured, acquiring more than one job is no longer out of the ordinary. We’re now more adaptive to our environment and the endless changes that cross our paths, making us braver to step ahead from mediocrity.