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I Asked My Coworker How Much Money She Makes…

Lately, I’ve been working insane hours. I’m talking never seeing the light of day—and on top of that, weekends.

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While I love my job and think it’s one of the best things to ever happen to me, I do feel that for the amount of work I put in, I should be compensated accordingly. I’m not asking for a crazy raise, but I do have a number in my head that I think is fair. And I’m mustering up the courage to ask for it.

Here’s the dilemma:

I’ve never once asked for a raise in my life, and quite honestly, I have no idea how to go about it. But I do have a strong starting point for how much I should think about asking for.

In my industry, we work in teams of two. And I’ve always wondered how much my partner makes, not to judge myself (or her), but to get clarity on how much I’m worth.

So one day, we were eating lunch and talking about how hard we’ve been working. We did the math and learned that we’d probably be working for around $5 an hour because we don’t get paid overtime.

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We started talking about money and raises and I casually asked her if she would mind sharing how much she makes.

She told me. And it was THE BEST.

Not only did I find out that I was making significantly less than her, but that if she’s making that much… then I can be making that much.

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I understand it takes time to make as much as she’s making, and she has two years’ experience on me, but now I’m more comfortable going in and asking for what I believe I’m worth because I have something to base it on.

When I was a kid, I was always told asking people how much they make is a bad idea, and I truthfully never understood why, especially in moments like this.

How could finding out how much you’re worth (or helping a friend find out how much they’re worth) possibly be a bad thing?

It’s time we start breaking the stigma and start talking about our salaries so we can all grow rich together! Yippee!

One step at a time,
-<3 An anonymous Sisterpack sister

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