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Should You Accept a Promotion Without a Raise?


A promotion usually entails receiving a higher rank in an organization and a greater scope of responsibility. Congratulations! A more demanding job and more responsibility equals a bigger paycheck, right? Not necessarily. Getting promoted does not always come with a monetary increase. With the greater need for job security these days, the relationship between raises and promotions has become more complex in today’s world. The question is, should you accept the promotion without a raise? What are the pros and cons of accepting a position with more responsibility, but without a raise?


Why wouldn’t there be a raise?

Before accepting a promotion, find out why a raise has not been mentioned or is clearly not included in the job transition.  Does the company have enough money in their budget? If the answer is no and you truly love your job, accepting a career advancement without a fiscal increase may not be such a difficult decision.

This question may also lead to another conversation. Maybe your particular skill set did not completely match the job description, but your boss wants to hire internally. This can be a great opportunity to prove your abilities, while leaving the door open to revisit your salary at a later time.

If you accept the promotion without having a financial conversation, negotiating rights could be relinquished. Make sure you’re completely satisfied with your new position, with or without a salary raise, before you begin. Once the new job has started, schedule a time in the future where income opportunities can be reviewed.


Other forms of compensation

Once you’ve determined the reasoning behind the absence of a raise, there may room for a conversation about other forms of compensation. A promotion is an acknowledgement of one’s value at the company and shows that the employer is looking to retain current employees. If an increased salary is out of budget, consider that there may be other benefits from the job advancement.

Work from home hours, paid time off, vacation time, bonuses and company cars or phones are just a few alternatives to getting a raise. If the promotion entails a huge increase in responsibility, find a happy medium where the title and compensation, monetary or otherwise, seem balanced. Employers can recognize your achievements in a variety of ways.


What’s in it for you?

Find out the exact title and job responsibilities. How is the position different than the one you currently hold? Make sure the transition will put you in a spot where your skill set expands or will expand your education of the industry. Find the value in your new job title and determine if it is the right step for your career.  In the event you feel the company is simply taking advantage of you by not offering a raise, you may want to rethink the promotion altogether.


Raise or no raise, a job promotion is definitely worth celebrating! Keeping these things in mind and knowing what to consider while accepting a promotion without a raise will help you with advancement opportunities throughout your entire career.


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