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Friday, September 16, 2011

Why It Doesn't Matter That Your Coworker Makes More Money Than You Do

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I have worked for my employer for 6 years, have a relevant industry degree, 18 years industry experience and work remotely only seeing my boss three times a year. We have just had salary reviews. My colleague told me that she is earning more money than me $1000 a year, I didn’t ask for this she just told me and I really wish she hadn’t as it is now eating me up! My colleague has worked for the organization for 3 years, no relevant qualification, no industry experience and we do exactly the same job just in difference locations. I need to email my boss about this as he is too hard to talk to on the phone and I need to give feedback in the next couple of days. Can you help me find the right words to use to get across how hurt and angry I am about this without dropping my colleague in it.

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Dean said...

Assuming equal performance, I agree that it isn't worth the OP complaining about a 1k salary difference.

Instead, she should ask why after 18 years of industry experience she is not in a more senior role (with hopefully more pay) than someone new to the field?

Is she missing a skill needed for advancement? Been passive about seeking out new opportunities? Yes, it's a tough job market and it's always easier to stay with what you know and are comfortable. The cost is watching those with less experience but more ambition pass you by.

Anonymous said...

One thing that wasn't clear from the original post - does the area the OP lives in have a (much) lower cost of living than where the co-worker lives?