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I am currently employed at a company as a mobile platforms developer. Just recently I have been asked by HR if I want to be a work as hired consultant at a clients headquarters 6 hours away for a undefined amount of time.

The developers at the clients place has roughly a 50% higher salary than my own. I am already underpaid in terms of my knowledge and current employers location. Am in the wrong to ask for a raise before accepting?

  • Have you thought about going to work as a consultant for a while there until they get to know you, then asking for a job there where you'll get the better salary? – 2rs2ts Sep 5 '17 at 19:19
  • @2rs2ts the thought has crossed my mind, but i am not fully interested in moving there permanently. – Echo Localized Sep 5 '17 at 19:30
  • Is their higher salary range related to the location? – cdkMoose Sep 5 '17 at 19:41
  • @cdkMoose yes that is correct, understandable as it is a larger city. Even in my current location my salary is below the average. – Echo Localized Sep 5 '17 at 19:59
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    do you mean a self employed consultant? if so a good rule of thumb is 3x your rate as a full time employee – Neuromancer Sep 5 '17 at 20:08
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Am in the wrong to ask for a raise before accepting?

Not at all.

If you are asked to work that far away, it's perfectly reasonable to ask if/how you will be compensated.

On the other hand, if you will get such a raise probably depends on their needs and the leverage you have.

Make sure you ask about and thoroughly understand anything else that might change if you accept - benefits, accruals, tax status, housing allowance, travel expenses, etc.

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