I got hired as a marketing coordinator at a company through a recruitment agency with a contract to hire position.
I got offered a full-time position the very last day of my trial period, and on my contract, the offer is 10% lower than the salary I was getting from the agency. The current offer includes medical, dental, and travel insurance and PTO.
So, my question is that if it's normal to get a lower pay rate if you are hired full time because of the benefits you get, such as: 401(k) saving plan, insurance, etc.
I did some research as well, and the salary range based on the zip code and experience start at 5% higher than what I have been offered, by not taking into account bonuses, incentives and other forms of compensation. Is it possible to ask for a higher rate, and how can I do so without looking desperate?