I have read a lot of online articles about how to ask for a raise and they all seem to fall short. I work for a small non-profit, only 14 employees. I know some about our budgets (federal projects). I also know what the salaries are of a lot of the people where I work so I am pretty sure that my employer can afford to give me a raise. When I was hired I was given a fair salary for my level of education and experience. Since then I now have almost 3 years experience under my belt and I completed my MS degree. I also have authored two published abstracts and am currently working on a paper for publication. There are no complaints about my work. I meet every deadline and I must do a good job because there are hardly ever any edits (technical reporting). Things tend to get accepted just the way I send them. Anyway my current salary is about $15,000 less than the average starting salary for someone with my education and no experience. I could just look for another job. The growth in my field is very good but I would like to stay at my current employer. We have no yearly reviews or anything formal like that. I did ask one girl who has been there for over 15 years about the best way to go about asking and she said that almost anyone who asks for a raise gets fired. I think it may just be a matter of them not realizing what the going rate is for someone with my qualifications. I also don't want to start feeling taken advantage of. I have wonderful flex time, I can work from home some and have a lot of PTO. Insurance benefits are so-so.
So advice please!