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Salary negotiation examples of counter offer and terms of contract. Also, negotiation scenarios on how to negotiate the highest salary. These include examples of counter offer salary negotiation scenarios.

  • The examples of counter offer below apply to many other counter offer scenarios. So you can apply them to help you negotiate.
  • The 3 salary negotiation examples below illustrate successful negotiation techniques.
  • Conduct salary negotiation over the phone or in person. Which is usually more rewarding than sending a counter offer letter.

salary negotiation examples of counter offer

Take into consideration your own personal circumstances. And use the salary negotiation examples as a reference only.


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Why negotiate your salary?

  • If you don’t negotiate your starting salary, you could lose more than $350,000 over the course of your career.
  • Negotiating $8,000 at the start of your career may not be much. But it could add up to more than $350,000.
  • Try not to reveal your salary expectations before you receive the job offer.
  • If asked about your salary expectations, say that your salary expectations are negotiable.
  • Don’t avoid salary negotiation, as you will miss out.
  • Negotiate a counter offer or terms of contract carefully. As it is not an easy task. So some seek assistance of a salary negotiation coach. While some negotiate without professional help.
  • Unfortunately, most don’t negotiate at all.
  • Prepare for negotiation by practicing salary negotiation examples. Follow the 3 examples of counter offer and terms of contract.
  • Most employers are happy to negotiate a salary package as a whole.
  • You can also negotiate other terms of contract. But only after you cover your base salary and benefits.
  • Do not negotiate everything together. As you will miss out.
  • For example, an employee may negotiate a few extra paid days.


Use these salary negotiation examples as a guide

  • The boss offers you $85,000 yearly salary.
  • Conduct the starting salary negotiations over the phone.
  • Even if you receive the offer in writing, it is best to negotiate over the phone. And do not send a counter offer letter.
  • When the boss offers you a salary of $85,000, they usually expect that you will ask for more.
  • Let’s say you would be happy with $95,000 plus benefits. Say something like: Thank you. I am very interested and can I get back to you shortly?
  • This allows you to evaluate the offer and compare it to any other offer.
  • Most likely the boss will appreciate that you need some time.
  • So, this time will allow you to evaluate the job offer. Also, it allows you to plan your counter offer strategy. Write down the steps.
  • Do not negotiate the base salary and the benefits at the same time. As you will miss out on one of them.
  • Start with the base salary negotiation.
  • Negotiate additional salary benefits after you agree on the base salary.
  • Determine how much to ask for based on your personal circumstances. Whether you have another job offer or if you are currently working.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances, you can ask for a figure between $93,000 and $99,000 base salary.
  • You may decide to go higher or lower, depending on your personal circumstances.
  • Also see counter offer letter


Salary negotiation examples of counter offer

Once you get to this stage, you need to be decisive. So don’t say I won’t accept anything under $94,000.


Scenario 1

  • You call the boss boss and counter offer with $99,000
  • The boss increases the offer to $96,000 plus benefits
  • Since the new offer is close to your counter offer it is best to conclude quickly.
  • You can either:
    1. Accept
    2. Negotiate further, including additional benefits
    3. Insist on your counter offer of $99,000. I do not recommended this, unless you have a higher offer.


Scenario 2

  • You call back the boss and counter offer with $99,000.
  • The boss offers $89,000.
  • You can counter offer a figure in between.
  • They will either accept, give you another figure or say they can not go higher than $89,000.
  • You can either:
    1. Accept
    2. Negotiate further, including additional benefits
    3. Ask for more time, only if there is a big difference.


Scenario 3

  • You call back and counter offer with $99,000 and they say they can not go higher than $85,000.
  • This would be very rare
  • This would imply that they may not want to negotiate
  • You can either:
    1. Accept
    2. Counter offer with a lower figure like may be $94,000
    3. Negotiate additional benefits
    4. Thank them for their offer and say you can’t accept the low figure.


Is it a good idea to send a counter offer letter?

  • It is best to negotiate salary on the phone or in person.
  • Sometimes you may receive a salary offer letter. Even if you do, it is still best to negotiate the salary on the phone or in person.
  • To justify why you deserve an increase, you may be asked for a counter offer letter. This would be the only rare time to justify a counter offer letter. Otherwise, conduct salary negotiation over the phone or in person.

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Counter offer salary negotiation tips

  • To get you to accept the offer, some employers will say they will review your salary in 6 months.
  • While they will review your salary, they usually only give you a pay raise if your performance is exceptional. And not based on how you would evaluate yourself.
  • So, once you start working for a company, the normal pay raise criteria will apply to you. This includes strict pay raise procedures.
  • Agree on a starting salary that you are happy with before you accept the offer.
  • Instead of sending a counter offer letter, discuss over the phone.
  • It is much easier to understand how to counter offer with these salary negotiation examples.
  • Through the hidden job market, a company may hire you, if they have a requirement. As you would be the only candidate, so you can negotiate a higher salary.
  • Practice these salary negotiation examples and scenarios.
  • Ask for a job offer letter confirming all the details, after the negotiations.

Salary negotiation coaching

Let me work with you to help you negotiate a counter offer and terms of contract. For simple step by step coaching, call me on +61 417 063 668. I assist clients with salary negotiation worldwide. Including clients from USA, Japan, UK and France.


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