I have about 10 years of experience working in the marketing/communications agency world. I make roughly around $82,000/yr living in California SF Bay Area. About a month ago I was let go. I definitely need to begin working again soon.
I've been offered a job at $68,000/yr. The role is more of a mid-level role 4-6 yrs of experience when usually I'm considered more of senior level with my experience. They do offer very good medical benefits probably worth about 7K a year as well as PTO, etc.
I've asked the hiring manager if there's any room to increase the salary to $75K but he said 68K is the most they can do. It is an up and coming agency, fairly new. They began in 2012 and have about 14 people on staff with about 10 contractors.
I'm unsure what to do. I need a job but it is way lower than what I'm used to with my experience level.
Any suggestions on how to deal with this? Example:
---Could I ask for a review after 6 months to renegotiate the salary? Although even then I doubt they would raise it anywhere near another 12K.
---Do I take it and in the meantime wait until something better comes along? Thanks for the feedback!