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About 3 months back, I got a call for an opportunity and they asked for the expected salary. I agreed for X dollars. Last week, I saw the same job posting on a different site with offered salary bracket from [X to X+2].

Today after getting confirmed by their client, they send a drafted version of Offer mentioning X dollars as pay which is the lowest limit I had requested. I know, my entire interview performance was great and I am a good fit for the client, but how do I ask the contractor to give me a better pay than what I agreed initially without sounding greedy and rude?

  • "I agreed for X dollars [...] the lowest limit I requested". Could you clarify - did you agree to X dollars, or to a range? If you agreed to X dollars, what did you expect to get as an offer? – Philip Kendall Aug 29 at 22:16
  • I agreed for X dollars for the given job during the initial screening phase. However while attempting for a different position I asked for an additional 500 dollars a month and they agreed. Now, I know I can get that much paid and not willing to settle for less for one full year. – Rupa Mistry Aug 29 at 22:23
  • @RupaMistry if it was a different position it's a whole 'nother story. It's a different job, contract, perhaps even company, etc. The fact that for that job they agreed to give you an extra 500 does not mean that on this other job it will happen like that. – DarkCygnus Aug 29 at 22:27
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    Please edit your post to clarify such points, as it is a bit unclear now if it's one or two positions, etc. That way I can answer you better – DarkCygnus Aug 29 at 22:32
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I know, my entire interview performance was great and I am a good fit for the client, but how do I ask the contractor to give me a better pay than what I agreed initially without sounding greedy and rude?

I think that at this point you already "played your cards".

You already offered and even agreed on X salary. Asking now for X+n could be an inefficient move and could even a bit of bad taste, as you already sense.

This is part of the negotiating process. Sometimes one gets with more outcome and sometimes one ends up giving the lower limit (even unknowingly).

To put it under other light. What would you have done if you didn't found about this other page where you saw it was X+2? Most likely you would have taken it gladly, but now that you know you see you could have asked for more... but the time for doing that is past now.

Asking for more now will unlikely give you what you want (you could try, but most likely they will graciously refuse and insist on X).

  • I got the point. But I am not asking for X+2. I am asking for an additional 500 dollars which is very much the market rate and very much within their budget. – Rupa Mistry Aug 29 at 22:29
  • @RupaMistry then I think I misunderstood a bit, or your comments or post is a bit unclear. You mentioned in comments that "while attempting for a different position" you asked for those 500 extra... but that is a different position right? I think you are mixing two different situations, or are they the same? Please clarify – DarkCygnus Aug 29 at 22:30
  • Two different situations..two different positions.. but same market. – Rupa Mistry Aug 29 at 22:32
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    Then, in that case, one negotiation process is completely independent to the other... now, is X under market rate for this position? Why did you ask for X in first place if in the other position you knew you had to ask 500 more? – DarkCygnus Aug 29 at 22:34

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