The 10 Reasons You’re Not Getting a Raise

You might think you deserve a raise … but that doesn't always mean your boss agrees with you.

And no, you can no longer heap all the blame on a bad economy. (Your gender may have something to do with your pay, but we’ll get to that later.)

At 7.7%, the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since December 2008. In February alone, the Labor Department reported that the economy added 236,000 jobs.

So, what does this mean for you? It’s the perfect time to ask for a bump in pay. If it's been a while since you increased your salary and you're coming up against a wall, the most likely reason is ... you.

Here are the top ten reasons you haven’t landed the increase you so desperately want, and how to fix them.

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  • FYF

    Wait, we’re going to ignore racism? And then when you bring up sexism you give the *women* tips on how not to be discriminated against? How about you write to bosses and supervisors not to be sexist a-holes. That’s the only way to really combat discrimination.

  • Carrie

    “And no, you can no longer heap all the blame on a bad economy.” Actually, I can. I work at a university and salaries have been frozen for everyone the past five, almost six, years. During that time only two bonuses have been given out to everyone if they had been employed at the university by a certain date. The only way to get a salary increase is if your role significantly changes, but even then it is not a guarantee you will get more money. Even if your director agrees you should make more, HR can turn it down. You may get the role change but not the pay that goes along with the title. Your director can put you in for a bonus, but again, HR may say no if there is not enough money in the budget.