Almost Maxed Out in Salary Range

Looking for advice on how to approach my situation with my employers.  I was hired into a salaried position almost 2 years ago at almost the maximum salary for my pay range.  I was not aware of this at the time.  Since I was hired, my responsibilities have increased and I manage other employees.  When I review my current pay range versus the pay range for my position from sites such as for my location, my current pay range is anywhere from 30 - 50% less.  My current position in my pay range is one factor in determining my merit increase and is the main reason why I received a very small percentage increase at the end of last year.  I need some suggestions on how to start discussions with my employers and convince them to reclassify me into a higher pay range.


Thank You,



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  • is notorious for being high.  Most HR/payroll people scoff at the results. They are not true compensation surveys as they just take the information as entered from people you as their data source.  That can truly skew the results.  If you feel it is true, the only way to test it is to interview for other jobs and see what kind of offers you can get.

    Your employer has a pay range for your position so obviously they have done a compensation study in the past.  You might consider asking them when they updated that last with the market. Just realize that many salaries in the market have stagnated due to the economy and the high level of unemployment and high level of qualified applicants. So it is possible if they update that your range may actually decrease rather than increase!  The last few years, I have seen very little in the way of upping pay ranges for even a basic cost of living adjustment.  I went  from a pay decrease to 3 years without any pay increase. And often there is pay compression -- that is, those hired from the outside often come in at a higher level than someone who stays around and gets basic increases.

    It is very possible that your employers brought you into that pay position knowing that they would increase your responsibilities and have you manage others ....just those two things might be the reason that you were hired at the top end.   So it could be viewed as you were actually overpaid in the first part of your 2 years.

    What you are truly asking for is a promotion to the next level.  I would put together what you have accomplished over the last 2 years in your current position.  Service time alone is not enough in most companies.  Think like you were putting together an updated resume and going for an interview. What would you tell them you brought to the table in the last two years?  What are the requirements for the next level and do you meet them? If not, figure out what you are lacking and work on that.  And it might just be that there are no current openings at the next level, but you can let them know that you are interested. 



  • Recommend the first place to look is the job description of the position you were hired  to perform and identify how your responsibilities have changed since that time and recommend a review of current position based upon the enhancements to the position responsibilities. Typically the positions were a ssigned a salary grade based upon evaluation of responsibilities, skills, supervisory responsibiliities, budgetary responsibilities, etc.
  • I agree with everything HRforME has said.  Here is an alternative approach to asking for a promotion to the next level.  Simply suggest to HR, or specifically to compensation if there is a compensation department, that you have been promoted in terms of responsibility and workload but not title.  Tell them you don't care about the title, but you would like for them to recalibrate your salary range in light of the actual duties you perform.


    In terms of the effect, that's no different from asking for a promotion to the next salary range: it's just the same proposition framed differently.

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