5 Reasons to Take a Lower Paying Job

You Can Take a Lower Salary If There Are Other Advantages

Should You Ever Take a Job That Doesn't Pay What You Wanted?

After several rounds of job interviews, you’ve finally been offered the position for which you've been pining. Upon accepting the offer, your future boss rattles off all the benefits you’ll receive including medical, dental, vacation days, and your 401k. But then he gets around to your starting salary, and it's less than you expected.

It's understandable to be downright disappointed, especially if this seemed like the perfect job and company. But if you think you should automatically dismiss a job offer because the salary is low, think again.

Make no mistake, we're not advocating caving in and accepting peanuts. You should always know your worth, negotiate for as much as you can get, and walk away if you're not satisfied. All we're saying is there are extenuating circumstances every so often in which taking a job with lower pay could pay off in the long run.

Here are five things to consider when accepting a low-salaried position—and why it could be the next best thing for your career.