How to Negotiate Salary in Your Late 20s and Early 30s

by Salary.com Staff - Original publish date: October 22, 2014

Thinking about moving to Portland for a company you’re dying to work for? Does the thought of experiencing a new culture and working in Europe for a year sound exciting? Intrigued by a startup with long hours and below-market pay … but with the upside of stock options that could pay off handsomely? Many will tell you that your 20s is the time to do this, when you probably don’t have a spouse or kids or mortgage to consider.

The biggest payoffs in your 20s come from changing jobs and negotiating salary assertively when you do. While the average raise might only be 3-6%, when changing jobs (and gaining new titles), your salary might jump $10,000, $20,000, or even $30,000.

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