Apparently all of my readers are as nosy as I am!
It might have been easier if I’d discovered a huge disparity between our salaries. The next step would be clear: demand a raise! Feel resentful toward my boss for offering so much less (and rejecting my negotiation attempts)! Blog bitterly about women’s rights!
Except the disparity is much, much smaller than I expected. In fact, it was so small that my raise will push me past his salary, although his raise will certainly offset that gain at the same time. It almost seems fair – I’m a year younger than him, so I earn a year behind his salary. Would he think it was fair? I doubt it. I mentioned that he has an additional degree, so the fact that our salaries don’t take that into account would probably bother him.
This really has me wondering about the explanation for the disparity. All things being equal, his extra degree should count for several more years of experience. So why is the difference smaller?
One probable reason is that I had 3 job offers; in order to have me choose this position, they had to match my offer from another job, which is on a program known for paying high salaries. Another reason could be that the pay grades that our company uses to determine salary were updated right before I received my offer.
There’s also the fact that – and excuse me if this sounds really conceited or something – I am perfect for this job. If someone was crafting a job for me, this is the job they would make (except it would pay $20million per year).
And actually, this answered some lingering questions I’d had about why my salary counteroffer was rejected. If they’d given in, I’d be making more than him!