I graduated about 8 months ago from a 4 years art program and I just finished a 6 month contract as a 2D Videogame Artist in Toronto. At the time I was quite happy (and intimidated) to state what kind of salary I was expecting so I left them give me an offer which was 30K annually.
Very early on I not only exceeded expectations but thanks to my studies in my field and knowledge of various programs I was able to produce much more elaborate work than they were used to before my arrival. I did work that would not only suit a 2D Artist but also a Motion Designer,2D Animator and was given a rather large autonomy creative wise to do these tasks.
I am not the kind to care much about money nor to be resented by it, but I did feel after several months that I could be paid more for what I brought to the table.
So today was a meeting with my supervisor and I believe someone in charge of finances and they announced me that they want to extend my contract for another 6 months. The discussion of a raise did not come up until he asked if I had any questions, to which I asked if it would be possible to revise my salary. He asked me what I was number I was thinking of and I replied "40,000 annually".
I came to that number by doing some researches about Junior 2D artist salaries as well as the other jobs I felt I was doing for them, plus the fact that I currently do not have paid vacation times or sick days and the feeling that I really do my best not only to produce quality work, but to constantly improve my abilities as well.
This is my first salary talk experience so I am a bit nervous thinking back on the whole thing. Am I way out of line here? Your thoughts?