I had a phone interview this morning with a company that I was so, so excited about. However, when she was rolling through the benefits she mentioned that it pays much lower than I expected. At my previous job, I was a Lead on my team, and I made $23 an hour. At this job, I would be back down to "Tech" level, and she said the pay is $16 an hour.
Now, I am understanding and willing to take a pay cut, but this is a very significant one. I was a little shocked when she said it, but played my cool.
Some more info: This is a very early stage start up, so I also know there is risk in itself taking a position here.
If I am to get an offer, is it worth trying to negotiate up? Up to say, $19? If not, what is an appropriate number to negotiate? I say this number because I am somewhat overqualified for this entry level role given my experience as a lead, as opposed to someone coming in with absolutely zero experience.
I truly don't want to turn down the role, but i'm not sure given my bills and such that I can accept $16.