Salary negotiations can be a challenge for anyone, especially young attorneys.  Many young attorneys aren’t sure if it is appropriate to negotiate, or how to even get started in the negotiations process.

It seems that women are less likely to negotiate their salaries then men are.  Many people theorize that one of the big reasons for the salary gap between men and women is that women don’t try to negotiate their salaries.  Even Sheryl Sandberg, in her book Lean In, discusses her own stress about negotiating her salary when she joined Facebook.   Watch her talk about salary negotiations here.

Additionally, the Corporette blog had an interesting discussion this week about how (and when) to negotiate salary and benefits. Read it here: Corporette

Have you negotiated your salary and/or benefits? If so, what tips do you have?

Baili Rhodes

Baili is an associate with West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, PC, where she practices general civil litigation with a focus on family law and employment law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Texas A&M University, and her J.D. from Baylor Law School. Baili currently serves as Vice President and District 2 Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association. She is also Vice President of Administration of the Brazos Valley Young Lawyers Association, and a member of the Junior League of Bryan-College Station. Baili lives in College Station, Texas with her husband, Casey, their two children, and two dogs.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Madrid Law

    My only tip would be to just not be afraid to do it. The worst thing that can happen is they say no, so what do you have to lose? People are naturally afraid of rejection, but it’s important that you overcome that, at least for this – it could be the difference between making hundreds or thousands of extra dollars every month, and not!

  2. Gina

    Tesyaa’s comment in Corporette is very exacting, negotiating salary from the back-foot can be something of a desperate poker-style game.

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