Salary negotiation is a delicate subject, but it’s important in making sure you secure the right salary for your skills and level of experience. Here are our top tips for salary negotiation and free salary negotiation email templates to help you get the messaging right.

Tips for salary negotiation by email

Whether you’re planning to negotiate salary by email or write a salary increase letter, make sure to:

●        Be polite but straightforward

●        Be upfront about your expectations

●        Back up your expectations with relevant average salary data and examples

●        Be open to further negotiations, but know your limits

Salary negotiation email for a new job

If a hiring manager requests your salary expectations, find out the average salary range for your job/sector so that you know what’s reasonable, and support your expectations by outlining your relevant skills and experience.

Dear (Name),

I am thrilled to be offered the [Position] role at [Company].

As requested, my expected base salary is ($_______). This is based on the average annual salary range of ($_______ to $_______) for this job, as well as [2–3 qualifications/skills or summary of major past achievements]. This is negotiable depending on factors such as opportunities for career progression and training programs.

Thank you again for your offer. I look forward to speaking with you further soon.

Regards,

(Name)

Salary negotiation email using average salary data

It’s not uncommon for employers to offer a salary that is below market average due to budget constraints or simply not being aware of salary benchmarks for your role. If this is the case, respond by email mentioning average salaries for the position and reiterating your skill set:

Dear (Name),

I’m very excited about the prospect of joining your team at [Company Name] as [a/an/the] [Position Title].

With my [2–3 qualifications/skills or summary of major past achievements], I am confident that I will achieve great results for [Company Name]. However, I would like to discuss base salary before I sign the offer.

According to my research, the average salary for comparable positions in the [work location] area is in the [average salary] range. I would like to propose moving the offer closer to [proposed salary] in line with my skills and the demands of this position.

Thank you again for your offer. I look forward to speaking with you again soon.

Regards,

(Name)

Salary negotiation email after you receive a higher offer from another company

Tossing up between two job offers is tricky, especially if you’re excited about one but the other pays more. If you’re in this position, write an email concisely explaining your position:

Dear (Name),

I am very excited to be offered the position of [Position Title] at [Company].

However, before accepting your offer, I’d like to discuss the base salary for this position. Although [Company] is my first choice, I’ve received another job offer with a higher base salary of ($______).

I’m thrilled about the prospect of joining your team and would happily accept your offer if you could match this base salary. I understand that this figure may be above your planned budget, but I’m flexible and willing to find a solution that works for both of us.

Thank you again for your offer. I look forward to speaking with you again soon.

Regards,

(Name)

Knowledge is power when it comes to negotiating the salary you want. Get insights into average salaries in Australia as well as salary negotiation tips and more in our Australia Salary Guide 2018.

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