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    Cyburbian Salmissra's avatar
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    Should I worry about the new person getting paid more than me?

    I recently started this new position, as a generic Planner. I negotiated a starting salary at the upper end of the range. Basically it translates to a Planner 1 but we don't have Planner 1, 2, 3 etc just Planner, Senior Planner and Principal Planner.

    I've been a Senior Planner and a Planner. I'm not as concerned about the title, but more about the pay range and upwards mobility. Our other Planner - a Planner 2 in other places - is retiring, They've advertised her position in the higher pay bracket than mine, but the job duties are the same - on paper. I report to a different person and have some other projects, but the description is the same.

    Should I bring up my concerns to my surpervisor? They like me here, and I'm happy. I won't leave if this balloon doesn't float, but I'm wondering about the pay range, etc. Any suggestions?
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    Normally I wouldn't worry about the new guy getting paid more. My newer sanitarian gets paid more than my more senior one, but that's more because he negotiated a better salary when he was hired. Neither one has any real mobility in our organization and they are both aware of that. In your case it just sounds weird that the new job opening is at a higher pay scale than yours, but the same job description. Most likely they just decided to higher at a higher pay grade for some reason and it doesn't affect their view on you. Just make sure to stay working on projects that offer mobility so you don't get pigeon holed into something you don't want or you just didn't get the opportunity to work on key projects. When in doubt, talk to the boss.
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    I agree with dvd on this. Talk with your supervisor. You are not threatening anyone, just a bit concerned.

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    Ask for a raise to bridge the difference. The main cause of people not getting raises is people not asking for raises. It can't hurt.

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    Why not apply for the new position? Even if you don't get it you can raise the issue of how your position is the same as that one, assuming you get an interview.


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    I'd just simply ask for a raise to match. If your HR department is worth a damn, they'd notice that differential as well and flag it with the other person's offer.

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    All good suggestions.

    I did broach the subject with my supervisor. He looked into it and we have resolution! I won't go into details, but I am happy with the chat.
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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra View post
    All good suggestions.

    I did broach the subject with my supervisor. He looked into it and we have resolution! I won't go into details, but I am happy with the chat.
    Excellent! I was going to echo some of the other suggestions, but you're saved me the trouble.
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