How to Ask for a Raise

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
We all have to work for a living (or at least most of us do). Even though we need a paycheck to survive, asking for a raise is the last thing most people want to do because it can be an uncomfortable thing to do. In fact, many employees would rather look for a new job than ask for a raise.

If you think you may be ready to ask for a raise, take a look at some of the top considerations employers look for when contemplating a pay increase:
  1. Are you doing more than what is asked? If you are only bothering to complete assigned tasks, then you’d be considered an average employee. To get a raise, you need to be someone who is always looking to go the extra mile.
  2. Do you frequently look at how to better yourself? Employers like those who are versatile. Make sure you are constantly looking to better yourself and grow your skill set.
  3. Do you regularly show a positive attitude? Being a team player and having a positive attitude goes a long way in the workplace. If you are genuinely liked, it becomes easier to get a raise.
If you answered yes to all of the above, then I’d say it’s time to straighten your tie and sit your boss down for a chat.

Gather Your Notes

The first thing you should do is get yourself organized. Make a list of all your accomplishments including any successful projects you’ve completed, any praise you've received and even day-to-day tasks your boss might not know about. Next, do your research on what kind of raise you should expect in case your boss asks what you're looking to get. You can either check your company policy or review sites like or to get an idea.

Ask for a Review

One of the best ways to ask for a raise is to open the door by scheduling a meeting for a review. A review gives you the perfect opportunity to highlight your accomplishments. Pick a good time to ask for a review, such as at the end of the year or on your anniversary start date.

Be Straightforward

Make sure that before you go in for your meeting that you’re prepared and confident. Begin by stating that you would like to revisit your salary, and then proceed by highlighting what you’ve done, how you’ve gone above and beyond, and finally what your vision is for the future. It’s better to come out asking to address your salary, and then proceed to make your case with your accomplishments.

Finding the right company, one that shares the same values as you do, is probably one of the most important factors in job growth and opportunity. Greater Nevada, for example, has been ranked one of the Best Places to Work in the Reno/Tahoe area year after year, thanks to providing employees with overall job satisfaction, including compensation, recognition, advancement opportunities and a good work environment.