A little background:
This company brought me in as a Test Engineer Intern back in January of 2015. I worked for them as an intern through graduation which was in May 2016. In July 2016, I was offered a contractor position for $65,000 annualized which I accepted.
Around December, I was moved to a new team and am now essentially a software developer. Throughout my contract I've had many meetings where the Director/Managers have indicated that I'm doing fantastic work, they love my work ethic, etc. and they have all intentions of bringing me in as an employee, as soon as they get the headcount.
They've now offered to hire me as an employee of the company, that offer includes:
- $67,500 salary
- 3 weeks paid vacation
- Great benefits (dental, vision, health)
I was looking at salary ranges of this particular position in my area as well as at the company:
Company: Range: $68,455 - $86,970. Base: $76,137 (source: Glassdoor)
Area: Average: $69,958 (source: Glassdoor)
I have a family to take care of (wife, 1 child, 1 on the way) so the benefits are huge as well as the vacation. But I can't help but feel that the salary is lacking. I would like to counter with a salary of $72,000 based on the numbers I've researched. This is my first professional job out of college, and I've been working for them for just under 3 years now, so they know me and my work ethic.
I have a feeling that they'll agree, but what I don't want to do is come across as ungrateful or that I'll be some disgruntled angry employee if they're not able to match my offer. I truly love the work I'm doing and I make every one aware of that at my monthly meetings with my manager. I don't want to jeopardize a good thing!
For any employers that have made offers and have had employees come back with a counter, how did that make you view that employee going forward?