Asking for a raise in salary is always a delicate issue.
You, as an employee, have to justify the pay raise & request in such a way that your superiors will consider it seriously, while not burning any bridges you’ve worked so hard to build.
You may consider sending a letter to your superior in which you ask to meet to discuss the salary issue.
This article is the second article of the series – salary raise.
Refer to the 1st article – How to Ask for A Pay Raise.
The article provides two samples and templates on asking for a raise in writing.
Pay Raise Request Letter – Templates
Here is a suggested template to use:
- Drawing attention to the fact that you work in your team and company.
- Continue by saying that you wish to request a meeting.
- Refer to the goals you’ve achieved and the qualifications you’ve gained since your last raise.
- Specify good reasons for your request – justify a pay raise.
- Ask for a meeting to discuss a raise in salary.
Second template for a short version:
- Drawing attention to the fact that you work for the company.
- Continue with a request for a pay raise meeting.
- State that you would like to review your performance level, qualifications and discuss the pay raise issue accordingly.
1st Sample of Pay Raise Letter
I enjoy working here, and therefore appreciate any new opportunity to serve the company goals, beyond and above my role and responsibility.
I wish to meet with you for a certain reason.
[Let him be curious..]
[Examples of reasons to justify a pay raise. Please edit according to your situation and needs]:
During the past few years, I took on extra work and more responsibilities because I know that my performance is closely tied to the team’s performance.
I was grateful for the opportunity to meet your professional expectations and therefore enhanced my contribution to the company.
For example: [List your accomplishments and gained qualifications]
I demonstrated good understanding of what needs to be accomplished when we’ve worked together on changes to be made to achieve our team goals.
[And for the future..]
Because I am loyal to the company growth, you have my commitment that I will take on extra assignments to enhance my qualifications/contribution.
[Here is the right place to shoot..]
However, my salary is still on the same level since [date, Or since you’ve joined the company?]. It is still below the industry average for the professional competencies that I posses.
Simply because of my enhanced qualifications and increased contribution, I strongly believe that I’ve definitely earned a pay raise.
Therefore, I humbly ask for a meeting in order to (review of/discuss) my performance and the salary increase that reflects the above issues.
Thank you in advance,
2nd Pay Raise Letter Sample (Short version)
I enjoy working here and appreciate the challenges that my position provides me every day.
Though I am grateful for the professional opportunities the company offers me, I regret to tell you that my current salary doesn’t meet my expectations.
As you know, my salary hasn’t changed since [date].
Therefore, the purpose of this letter is a request for a pay raise meeting.
At this meeting, I’d be happy if we could review my performance level and discuss the salary issue.
I strongly believe that my contribution justifies a raise in salary, because the salary level should (reflect, meet, be in accordance with) the industry averages, my current competencies and performance.
Thank you in advance,