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 Question:Recently I accepted a job promotion but have not received a pay increase for my new added job responsibilities. During the interview process it was mentioned that there would be a slight pay increase but it was never discussed how much and when it would take place. How can I talk to my boss about this pay increase without sounding like I’m only in it for the money?

Bart Hatch is​ Chief Financial Officer and

Director of Business Development for

Afdent Dental. He has over 25 years of experience

in Business Management, Finance, Sales,

Marketing and Performance Management.

First, congratulations! When you are promoted, it says your employer has taken notice of you and trusts you. It also means the company is investing in you long-term by giving you more responsibility. Make sure to take a moment to be proud of your accomplishment and enjoy it.

Asking for a pay increase is an intimidating topic for most employees, even when the raise is warranted. Many people shy away from asking for what they want at work because they are worried about the implications of the question. Similar to you, the majority of employees do not want to appear financially-motivated or pushy.

However, your company has already indicated by promoting you that they feel you are an asset to them and have invested in you long-term. During your interview, your boss suggested a slight pay raise with the promotion. It is not unrealistic or demanding of you to ask about the suggested pay raise and no one will be surprised or offended if you do. If it has been a few weeks since you have taken on your new responsibilities and you still have not seen a raise, it is okay to touch base with your boss.

Find a good time for a discussion that does not interfere with work that needs to be done for you and your boss. Make the meeting a positive discussion of your new role. Thank your boss for the promotion and new responsibilities. Ask if there is anything else you should be doing within your new role or get clarification on any new task that might be confusing. Show your boss you are assertive, responsible and eager to work as well as you have historically. During your conversation, ask about the pay raise politely. “During the interview, a slight pay raise was discussed. Is that raise still a possibility?”

The worst that can happen is your boss says the raise is not on the table currently or that there is a probationary period before the raise goes into effect. At a minimum, this would give you clarification for when you could expect the raise or the reasons why it has to be off the table. (A company might be in a financial dip or waiting on something else to happen so they can adjust your salary.) In my experience, a majority of the time it is as minor as paperwork. Someone forgot to fill out a form or it takes a few weeks to process the pay change through the payroll system. Either way, you’ll have the clarification you need about the pay increase.


Best wishes to you!

First of all, set an appointment with your boss when you can sit down without interruptions. I would wait for a couple of weeks to set up this meeting. That way it will give your boss ample time to put in a wage increase, if he/she is planning on it. Once you have this meeting, explain to your boss how appreciative you are that he/she offered you this promotion. You might ask your boss how you are doing with your new assignment. Ask him/her if there are opportunities he/she sees to help you improve in this new job. Make sure your boss knows that you are truly interested in doing the very best job possible.

Then, before concluding the meeting, simply say, "I am very excited to take on these new responsibilities. When we first talked, you mentioned there might be a slight pay increase with this new position. I just wasn't sure when that would be taking place?" Always thank them for their time and again thank them for the opportunity to grow with the company. 

Most bosses like to know that you appreciate what they have done for you. They also like to know that you take your job seriously and you want to grow with the company. By making these points clear, your boss will not look at it as you are just in it for the money.

Tracy Schrimsher Bio:

Graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Business Management. Tracy was a Manager with J.C. Penney for 28 years. She is now owner of Once Upon a Child, a children's resale store in Mishawaka & Goshen, along with Clothes Mentor, a women's resale store in Mishawaka.