Hello all,

Has anyone else out there been promoted to a management or supervisory role without any mention of a pay increase? The company has substantial local market share and the future looks positive, any ideas on how to ask for a realistic raise ?

celing's picture

Get results now, ask for a raise later.

Your company thinks that you _might_ be able to do the job. This is why you got promoted. Now it’s your turn to prove them right. Once you’ve done this you can ask for the raise. I would wait for about six month.

awalton's picture
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Your company may be trying to align a pay increase with an existing review cycle so that it's only adjusted once. If that's not the case for you, I'd follow CELING's guidance.

TGilbertPE's picture


I've been in this position and it turned out great.  A very nice salary adjustment came after a few months in the new role.  

I would suggest to do your best and focus on the demands of the new position.  This is an opportunity to demonstrate your talent and abilities.  There are many reasons why the promotion might not include a raise.  Speculating why the promotion didn't include a raise is not helpful, so focus on what is; your performance.  Listen to "I'm Underpaid", it offers some good guidance.

Plus, ask yourself a hypothetical question: if you had the option, would you have turned down the promotion if you knew beforehand it didn't include a salary increase?

Thank you for posting the question.



dmg's picture
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I agree with the other comments.  I appreciate that it is frustrating but I would be inclined to keep the head down and stay focused on your performance.  Over the long run superior performance results in superior reward - always.  It is just that in those short term hiccups it can feel like things are out of line.

Prove you can do this and more - once you create additional value then the reward will flow back


jocadl's picture


first of all, congratulations on your promotion!

While you focus on your performance, as others have rightly suggested, also keep in mind that you are in a different peer group now. That should definitely play in your favor in the mid- to long term. If your company has any sort of process around reviewing compensation, chances are they'll look at their staff consciously per peer group (role, title, responsibility, seniority).

Even if your pay was average in your previous peer group, it should appear rather low when considered against your new peer group. Just because you will be compared to more senior people now, you'll be more likely to appear "underpaid" and qualify for raises.

Best regards and good luck

TSJ72's picture
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 Whoever is doing the promoting is waiting for you to ask the question and they likely already have an answer.  It may be "Yes", it may be "we will look at it in 6 months", but if you don't ask they will not offer it up.  I went through this earlier this year and after some work my manager was able to get me a raise off of the normal cycle.  It was never looked down upon.  With the promotion you are taking on more responsibility so it is reasonable that you should be compensated more.