Perhaps my situation is unique, so please allow me to explain.
I work as a front-end developer for a small company in San Francisco. Because this company is in a unique industry, I was told during the initial interview that I would need to learn the entire industry in addition to their "software system."
They extended me an offer of $18/hr for the training period, which is coming to a close after 3 weeks. They explicitly stated in my offer that we would discuss a long term arrangement at the end of the trial period.
I'm looking for something closer to $25/hr (50/yr). The company's owners have exclaimed that they are thrilled to have me on board multiple times and I personally really like working there. They are planning on extending me an offer of fulltime, permanent employment today. The problem is, there has been no mention of salary or renegotiation of hourly rate.
I like to be straightforward with people. Honestly, I don't see myself working for them long term at $18/hr. In fact, I will probably start looking for a new job immediately if I'm not able to make any progress today.
My hope is that they will open up the discussion about compensation, but I'm trying to be prepared in case they don't. What's the best way to bring up money without severing the great relationship I have with the owner?