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Understanding the salary information
- the most important piece of the job offer - can help you reach an
educated career decision. Find out your base pay, which can be stated
annually, monthly, or both. Make sure you know how frequently you will
receive a paycheck. Most employers pay biweekly (26 times a year) or
twice a month (24 times a year). If you are a nonexempt employee, you
should be paid at least twice a month.
Be sure to ask about the timing of your salary review - in other words, when will you be eligible for a raise. Your salary review sometimes is tied to your performance review and is a chance for the employer to recognize and reward you for your accomplishments. Generally, the review will take place one year from your start date. Some companies conduct six-month salary reviews as well.