I work entry technical support for a contracting company for a much larger well-known corporation. I was hired back in December 2020 to do the graveyard shift. I have experience in this position as I worked the same (student) job at my college for 4years but this is the first “proper job” since I graduated in June 2020.
I started out with $18/hr with no benefits which I was at first reluctant because it doesn’t seem to properly compensate the graveyard shift. Still, I took it because I have only had an internship outside of the college job and this would be nice on the resume.
After a couple of months, I was asked to apply as a full employee but it was eventually not offered to me. And as the contract initially set to end in late July, I figured I should at least get a raise 6 months in. And I did indeed get $1.5/hr up at the beginning of June. This has been my first time researching my pay and I realized I am underpaid (I could be wrong) for my job, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics for my metropolitan area; another similar job in the area offers $4014/mo with benefits and is day shift.
Now the contracting company extended my assignment to September for two more months. I was wondering if it’s reasonable to ask them for a raise again given that the factors for consideration for the earlier raise was different (I wasn’t expecting an extension and wanted at least Jun-Jul to be $19.5) and the fact that I’m still doing the graveyard shift and that the pay doesn’t accurately compensate for it nor comparable with similar local positions.
I’m fine with walking away with the original end date at the end of July if I want to take a break and reset my sleep schedule, but if I’m not too motivated to find a new job I might as well continue for two more months with a higher rate.