Salary negotiations usually occur when you’re considering a full-time job offer or during a promotion. But if you’re considering a part-time job or are thinking about asking your manager for a raise, you might be wondering whether or not it’s okay to negotiate your salary if you’re working thirty or less hours per week.
It’s a good question to consider, especially since it’s a hot topic as our country looks at raising our minimum wage. Though it might sound like a gutsy risk to take at a part-time position, the short answer is, yes, you can negotiate your pay.
Just as you would negotiate your salary at any other job, you want to make sure you go into the conversation prepared to make your case. Here’s how you can negotiate a part-time salary.
1. Make sure you’re making minimum wage
If you’re considering a part-time offer or are planning to ask your manager for a raise, the first thing you should do is become aware of your state’s minimum wage and labor laws to be sure you’re being paid a fair and legal rate.
Secondly, you should compare salaries and look at a national average for the job to understand the general amount someone is paid in your part-time position. Use Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth tool to discover your real-time market value. By going to the table with this knowledge, you’ll be prepared to negotiate based on what you know other people are being paid nationally.
2. Understand how your company views part-time workers
Educate yourself on the company you work for or are considering working for. If it’s a small business with few employees or a large, structured company that’s hiring routinely, it might be harder to negotiate salary for a part-time position. Consider if the company provides any benefits to you as a part-time worker, or find out how much more full-time employees in your position are making.
The more you understand how the company operates or how well it’s doing, the better you’ll be able to gauge your value and negotiate for what you feel your worth is.
3. Show your boss what you’re worth
If you’re a part-time worker that works hard, efficiently, and completes more work than other part-time (or full-time) workers, show your boss that you deserve to be paid for the amount of quality work you’re doing. If you can prove to your boss that you’re able to accomplish twice as much in your hours or that you’re consistently receiving praise from customers and co-workers, you’re likely to be successful in your negotiation.
4. Use your skills and experience to your advantage
If the position you are applying to requires a particular skill or degree, it will help your negotiation if you lay out your qualifications and years of experience. If the job is entry-level and it’s your first time holding that position, you probably shouldn’t try and negotiate your salary until you can show some progress. But if you’re a seasoned worker who has years of experience in the role, then make your case for higher pay in a part-time position based on what skills and knowledge you’re bringing to the company.