I recently received a job offer. I really love the company and am excited about the offer and they interviewed me 3 times over the course of a month before receiving the offer. However, coming from a contractor background and multiple senior level positions. The position offered is non-senior and I am offered about 55% what I previously earned as a contractor working full time.
My concern is the title change to non-senior and the pay rate is less than what I am worth (reflects junior payrate), and close to half of what I earned a year prior. They promised that good work is rewarded and there will be opportunities to advance, although they are not able to offer me a clear roadmap for advancement. Although, my goal up until now was to advance and grow, not move backwards and in some ways, I feel that what i'd be doing as my last 3-4 position were senior. Not sure what to do, or how I should negotiate.
Also, right now when asked what my previous salary was, I can show high numbers that reflect seniority in my previous role. If things don't work out with this job offer, on my next job hunt I will need to show junior level position and respond to the 'how much did you previously earn' question with low numbers, which I am concerned is a step backwards.
To conclude, I really like the company and would like to try to find a mutual win-win scenario.
I appreciate any advice.