I'm currently interviewing for a new job within my field of Java Programming - I'm being paid $78,000 a year and am due a pay grade raise of $5,000 in a few months.
I've noticed that this falls within the average salary range for my position, but I feel I should push for a higher salary due to my experience [7 1/2 years], the fact that I'm nearing a pay raise, and the fact that I qualify for a promotion to a higher salary rate as well.
With all of that said, I've been thinking of arguing for a pay rate of $85,000/year pre-tax. But I don't actually know if this is a reasonable argument to make given the facts of my career.
What type of increase should I try to negotiate for on a new job in roughly the same field of practice? Or, should I not try to negotiate higher than what I'm currently being paid?