In initial talks about a job, the office manager told me that they thought a fair salary range was between x and y - let's say "$50-55k". The higher number was $10k below the expected range I gave them. I was just officially offered "$50k". The office manager then called me off the record and suggested countering for "somewhere within $50-55k" (and asking for relocation reimbursement). I assumed they suggested this range because they knew it would be a safe bet for me.
But before I heard this, I was going to counter anyway and ask for $60, assuming we'd eventually "compromise" at $55. Should I go against the office manager's advice (which I assume would end in less than $55)?
Thanks for any input.