I'm writing this piece because I'm thinking of asking my boss for a raise, which in this current seems a bit selfish.
About 6 months ago I started working in a small manufacturing company that makes air quality monitors. I was just at the end of finishing my PhD and my interview was my first real experience of salary negotiations. I was flustered when they asked me what I wanted and they ended up giving me 32,000, which I took because my previous living salary was 12k so this was a big jump. I wasn't a complete expert in te field but felt a little under cut but as this was just at the start of the pandemic, who knew when I would get another opportunity.
Fast forward to today and I love my job. I really like the people who I work with and there about 6 people in the company (including the boses) and im heavily involved in the air quality side of it. I've had a niggling feeling for a while that I'm being underpaid for what I do and for the qualifications I have but said I'd wait until I'm permanent to bring it up.
Well I've recently just passed my 6 months probation period and was wondering if anyone had any helpful advice on how might be the best way to approach asking for a higher wage. I feel as if I should have been on close to 40k because I now have a better idea of what my market value is as a PhD graduate with specific laboratory skills (something I wasnt really aware of before the interview)
Were in the middle of a big expense period building a new lab which I will be co-running and helping develop new products so I can imagine asking for more money might be inappropriate at this time.
Anyone any experience in something similar where they originally low balled themselves. I get along well with my bosses but am not sure if asking for money is appropriate at this time.