I recently got a promotion and the salary is still about $15,000 under market value. The promotion is technically a new job as I am moving to a new position / location. I tried to negotiate a higher salary, but it only got me $5000 more...

My plan is to accept this promotion, move to the new location (which I like), then continue my job search.

If something comes along that is at market value I'll take it.

Is there anything wrong with this? I don't want to be a job hopper, but they are seriously undervaluing my skill; there are interns coming out of college making more than I am in the same company.

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    You don't tell how long you have been working at your company, and what qualification and job you have, and in what country. – Basile Starynkevitch Mar 14 '18 at 5:41
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    Everything you are doing is perfect. Follow your plan. As soon as possible, move to a company that pays you properly - and never look back. – Fattie Mar 14 '18 at 11:11
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    Are they paying moving expenses? – Mister Positive Mar 14 '18 at 12:01
  • @MisterPositive yes, but it's only an hour away – Kolob Canyon Mar 14 '18 at 18:26

I can't see anything wrong with that. It seems like the most sensible solution. I think that you have answered your own question. So, I think that you have already reached your own conclusion & are just looking for us to confirm your judgement.

What are your alternatives?

  • quit? With no job offer you are not likely to do that.
  • refuse the promotion? Then you can't move to the more desirable city
  • negotiate for more? You already tried that. Even if you try again, it seems incredibly unlikely that you would get the extra $10k you are looking for.

That really only leave the option you suggest - accept the offer, move to the better city and start looking for work there.

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    Seems legit to me. – Mister Positive Mar 14 '18 at 12:01
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    haha, guess what, I just found out today that I got an offer to stay here and it pays $15,000 more than the promotion. Now I surely don't know what to do. – Kolob Canyon Mar 14 '18 at 18:27
  • Yay!!! Gratz!!! Post an answer to tell how you did it, and accept it :-) Forgotten the "better" city? :-) – Mawg says reinstate Monica Mar 14 '18 at 20:24

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