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My salary is lower because my experience in years is less but my knowledge and work quality is higher than other employees.

What can I do? How can I deal with this kind of situation?


Here is a recent example with a HR team:

A few days ago I got a call from my old company. They asked me to come back and join as a software engineer.

We had discussed about my work and salary. They really want me to come back.

I did not agree with the salary they offered, so I rejected it and continued with my current job.

A day ago I got some information from an internet source.

As per my work and knowledge they can give the salary that I was expecting but they could not offer me that much salary because if they offer the same then my salary will be higher than other employees which have more experience then I have.

Note : my field knowledge and technical knowledge is much better, that's why they want me to come back.

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    It's very common practise for salary to go up a: when you've worked at a company for longer (essentially a loyalty bonus) or b: when you change jobs and they one-up your current salary to tempt you away. Honestly, stick with it, do your time, and the money will likely go up. I wouldn't recommend changing to a lower-paid job unless you've got a REALLY good reason, tho. – AJFaraday Mar 27 '18 at 10:55
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I suggest you sell yourself (your work) as expensive as you can. But keep in mind that employers have to keep all employees satisfied.

In some organizations there are clear rules who gets how much depending on their education (which documents can they provide) the position and the time they are working in that organization. Everybody knows their position in that pecking order and they (have to) accept it. Such an organization is normally not attractive for better than average people.

But even in more flexible companies the management has to make sure they keep everybody reasonably happy. Let's say they would give you 50% more salary then others because they think you are very good. And lets say you do a very good job and they would give you even more because they know you are good.

Consider what will happen when other people find out that you get so much more than they get. Some will understand that you are better and you earn more. But there will be others who won't like it at all when you get more. Especially if these people think you are not so much better and if they are longer in the company then you.

What will the boss do if these people complain? Obviously he can tell them accept it and that's it. But this will be bad for their motivation. So the boss needs to balance what he does. If he is too good to you the others won't like it. If he is not good enough to you then you won't work there.

Maybe the boss would be willing to give you more but he can't handle problems with the others.

Maybe you can make a deal that you get a "normal" salary and a big bonus which the others don't have to know about. But depending on the company it may be difficult to hide such a deal.

Edit: After all the comments I like to add: What I describe here is not the way I think things should be but the way they are. Personally, I negotiated often enough the payment I wanted (mostly freelance work). I work mostly for small companies and I talk directly with the boss and that is confidential between him and me. But in bigger companies other people will know and sometimes this information can’t be kept secret. And then, if the lower paid people find out and get upset, this can be a huge problem for the whole company. Smart bosses avoid getting in this kind of trouble. What the lower paid people do is human nature. I cannot change it.

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    -1 because seriously, what other people make and how they feel is irrelevant - particularly in a time of SJW and "you hurt my feelings". – TomTom Mar 27 '18 at 9:44
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    @TomTom: it might be irrelevant for you. But it is certainly not irrlevant for the management. I.e. if the management make one employee happy and at the same time ten employees unhappy then the end result is probalby not good. – Edgar Mar 27 '18 at 9:57
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    Shame I can't downvote because this is so, so wrong. You shouldn't be paid based on what makes other people happy - you should be paid based on what you're worth. That's the whole point of working in a skilled trade - to be paid based on your level of skill. Positions with lower skill requirements are paid less, and people of higher skill and in-demand positions are paid more. – Horkrine Mar 27 '18 at 10:14
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    I think people negatively commenting on this answer are missing something. In any negotiation, it's always important to understand the motivations of the other side. You don't need to agree with those motivations, but understanding them helps you negotiate a better deal. As @Edgar says that means you can do something like try and get a bonus that isn't included in salary, which helps the boss keep others happy whilst giving you what you want. – Rory McCune Mar 27 '18 at 10:29
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    The comments here are misrepresenting the answer. Other people's happiness is not the driving factor for market appropriate wages. However, a manager should strive to not upset employee morale (which includes when giving payrises to a subset of employees (one person in this case)). This includes cases where morale is affected by a perception that is not necessarily factually correct. – Flater Mar 27 '18 at 10:34
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What other people make is immaterial. What an employer is prepared to offer you is what you're worth to them.

If you feel they're not offering enough, then decline the offer or negotiate for a higher amount, but what others are getting isn't your problem, it's just a negotiating tactic.

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    And why whould anyone care what HR Experts (many of which are recruiters which seem to have a similar morale compass like what people generally asume from insurance or used car salesmen) says? Any retiremend planner will tell you to get what you are worth. – TomTom Mar 27 '18 at 10:05
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    I don't know why the other answer was accepted - but this is what should be the "accepted answer". You should be paid what you're worth - not what makes everyone happy! – Horkrine Mar 27 '18 at 10:12
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    @Edgar Why would I be interested in making any HR experts happy. If HR says I can't get what I want because others don't get the same or more, maybe HR should give them more too. Just because others got screwed over, doesn't mean I should let myself be screwed over too. Comparing salaries is only a tool to negotiate salary. Do it when it suits you. – sbecker Mar 27 '18 at 10:17
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    @Horkrine Because it's (usually) not worth keeping happy one person vs whole team. If you were in a culture like e.g. asian, when seniority goes quite strictly with age, you just couldn't run a business like that. You should negotiate for yourself, HR and management for the company and overall happiness. Talk to any manager, they will tell you that you won't better money than your peers unless they (the peers) are convinced you deserve it, otherwise it's a 1st step to disrupting a team. I agree with the answer, but I find the interpretations wrong. – luk32 Mar 27 '18 at 10:42
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    @Kilisi Actually, this demonstrates exactly why keeping your salary secret serves nobody but your employer. The asker has found that they can get a higher salary at Company A than people with more experience than him at Company B; in theory, if those people left and moved to Company A, they'd get paid even more. This information might be useful to those employees of Company B in negotiating for higher pay. – anaximander Mar 27 '18 at 10:43

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