It time for a raise!!??

Chrisbari14Chrisbari14 Member Posts: 83 ■■■□□□□□□□
:DGood day Tech fam, hope everything is going well!

Question. So I'm due for a raise. Question is im not sure what's fair pay? I've been currently working as helpdesk in a environment where my IT director and I support around 80 users, and 4 remote users. I just recently accomplished my first cert which is the Network+, I have a associate in computer networking and I have my first year of experience. The company really likes me and I'm acquiring more task. I'm currently studying for my MCSA Windows 10 cert. I currently do anything from configuring backups, configure the dhcp server, resolve tickets, installing CCTV cameras, re-imaging machines, and I've done a number of different things. Any advice or any websites you can turn me to?

Thanks,

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  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Usually with raises companies have percentage windows that are allowed. So what kind of monetary raise you get likely depends more on what you make now than what you're worth on the open market. This is the main reason people jump jobs to get those big bumps in pay.
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  • ITSpectreITSpectre Member Posts: 1,040 ■■■■□□□□□□
    It depends...

    How long have you been with the company? usually you get a raise every year or so. At my first desk job I got a raise at the end of the year. It also depends on the company.
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  • broli720broli720 Member Posts: 394 ■■■■□□□□□□
    In my opinion and experience, I always take what they give me and never complain or dispute it. I have never actually asked for a raise. Pay me what you think is fair for my skill set and the market. The only things I request are more assignments or roles with different challenges. I always make it about the work.

    If I ever feel that I'm not getting paid what I should be, then I quit and get a better job. I've done this for the past 5 years and it's worked out pretty well.
  • TrucidoTrucido Member Posts: 250 ■■□□□□□□□□
    broli720 wrote: »
    If I ever feel that I'm not getting paid what I should be, then I quit and get a better job. I've done this for the past 5 years and it's worked out pretty well.

    Or instead of just quitting, maybe if you get to the point where you feel you're underpaid for the work you're doing, you should look at other job opportunities. Maybe have one or two lined up that are willing to hire you (for more money) and then put in a 2 weeks notice with a chance of them giving you more money to stay. Otherwise go with the other job(s).
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  • Chrisbari14Chrisbari14 Member Posts: 83 ■■■□□□□□□□
    ITSpectre wrote: »
    It depends...

    How long have you been with the company? usually you get a raise every year or so. At my first desk job I got a raise at the end of the year. It also depends on the company.


    I've been there for a year. I'm not disputing what they're paying me because I'm trying to soak up all the experience and skills. But I'm just trying to see what I should consider a fair raise. I enjoy working at my company. I'm just trying to figure out what I should be expecting to make I suppose.
  • ErtazErtaz Member Posts: 934 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I've been there for a year. I'm not disputing what they're paying me because I'm trying to soak up all the experience and skills. But I'm just trying to see what I should consider a fair raise. I enjoy working at my company. I'm just trying to figure out what I should be expecting to make I suppose.


    Compensation is crazy variable. It depends on a huge number of factors like 1. Location/Job Market, 2. Your skill set, 3. The company you work for, 4. your ability, and not necessarily in that order.
  • Chrisbari14Chrisbari14 Member Posts: 83 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Right now I'm hourly and I've been praised by everyone in the company compared to the guy before me. I just recently passed my Network+ as promised. And I make around 14.38 a hour. I feel like I should be making at least 16-18 a hour now. But maybe I'm wrong. Is my thinking faulty?
  • ErtazErtaz Member Posts: 934 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Right now I'm hourly and I've been praised by everyone in the company compared to the guy before me. I just recently passed my Network+ as promised. And I make around 14.38 a hour. I feel like I should be making at least 16-18 a hour now. But maybe I'm wrong. Is my thinking faulty?

    Any college? Also are you on the coast or in the Midwest?
  • Chrisbari14Chrisbari14 Member Posts: 83 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Ertaz wrote: »
    Any college? Also are you on the coast or in the Midwest?

    Yea I have my Associates of Applied Science Geared toward Computer Networks. I've been promised the Server admin role in my company after I pass my MCSA Server 2012 R2 test, but I'm currently working on my MCSA Windows 10 Desktop Cert. But I'm going to be in this helpdesk position for about the next year. I heard the Server stuff is not joke.
  • aderonaderon CISSP, CCNA:S, CCNA:R&S, AWS:CSA Assoc, Sec+, Lin+, A+, Net+, Proj+ Member Posts: 404 ■■■■□□□□□□
    What's your general location? Don't think a valid assessment can really be made before that.
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  • Chrisbari14Chrisbari14 Member Posts: 83 ■■■□□□□□□□
    aderon wrote: »
    What's your general location? Don't think a valid assessment can really be made before that.


    I'm located in Memphis Tennessee.
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb Member Posts: 3,298 ■■■■■■■■■□
    If companies give annual raises it is usually in the 3-5% range. Sometimes, you will get more... (I got 8% at one place a few years back) but some companies don't even give annual raises. So it would depend on your company and how generous your manager is. Otherwise to get bigger raises it will require you to get a new position within the company or leave for another company. Best of luck
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Member Posts: 4,165 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Coming up on two years without a raise so doubt my advice would be of any use.
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  • broli720broli720 Member Posts: 394 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Trucido wrote: »
    Or instead of just quitting, maybe if you get to the point where you feel you're underpaid for the work you're doing, you should look at other job opportunities. Maybe have one or two lined up that are willing to hire you (for more money) and then put in a 2 weeks notice with a chance of them giving you more money to stay. Otherwise go with the other job(s).

    I obviously had something lined up before I quit and put in my notice. I'm just saying that it's a losing battle when you go in asking for more money.
  • ITSpectreITSpectre Member Posts: 1,040 ■■■■□□□□□□
    broli720 wrote: »
    I obviously had something lined up before I quit and put in my notice. I'm just saying that it's a losing battle when you go in asking for more money.

    I would not say its a loosing battle. You have to have tenure and a reason to ask for more money. If you started off at the Help Desk for example and then you started taking on more responsibilities got a few certs like a MCSA, MCSE etc... or even got a SSCP while on the desk.... you can then ask for a raise. You don't take a job with the mindset of asking for a raise... you SHOW your worthy of a raise by bettering yourself...

    If you are working hard, learning, taking on more responsibilities and getting a new cert here and there you wont have to ask for a raise.... you will just get one. Hard work never goes un-noticed

    I was on the Help Desk and I hit the ground running... I asked questions, learned, took on more responsibilities, started training the new people... I soon ended up as the guy that was the go to guy on the desk... I even made the Leads job easier. I implemented new procedures, learned all I could about AD and exchange.... then my boss gave me a raise I went from 25k to 36k... granted that was good being my first ever IT job. icon_cheers.gif
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  • broli720broli720 Member Posts: 394 ■■■■□□□□□□
    It's definitely possible. I just think that at this stage in my career it's a losing battle. Learn what you can and look for new opportunities. I let my performance determine what I should get paid. If someone else sees it and they don't, then it makes the decision easier. Plus, I never entertain counter offers.
  • ITSpectreITSpectre Member Posts: 1,040 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I'm located in Memphis Tennessee.
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  • Pmorgan2Pmorgan2 CISSP, CCSP, A+/Net+/Sec+/Project+, ECIH, ITIL v3, CIW SDA & WSP Member Posts: 115 ■■■■□□□□□□
    If companies give annual raises it is usually in the 3-5% range. Sometimes, you will get more... (I got 8% at one place a few years back) but some companies don't even give annual raises. So it would depend on your company and how generous your manager is. Otherwise to get bigger raises it will require you to get a new position within the company or leave for another company. Best of luck
    I've also seen 3-8% pay increases. For you that sounds like $15 an hour. You can look around at jobs that you are now qualified for with your updated education, certification, and experience. If they are paying $18 an hour, you might need to bring it up with your current company. However, be considerate of what your company really needs you to do. Your company won't want to compensate you for skills they aren't using.
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  • ErtazErtaz Member Posts: 934 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Well, first off, you have access to great BBQ. The market in Memphis is pretty good, not like the coast, but decent for the Midwest. I'd get a few more certs under my belt and grow my experience before I started hitting them up for extra $. Get your W10 and MCSA knocked out, then get ready for a big bump.
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