Has anyone here ever successfully negotiated salary for a sales job? Is it possible? I've got an offer from a tech startup and was wondering if I could negotiate 15% more. They offer me $50k base with $80k OTE.

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You should negotiate very sales comp package. There may or may not be room for adjustment, but you should absolutely negotiate it.

Some managers actually consider not negotiating comp to be a red flag for sales hires.

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It depends on the company, I’ve certainly negotiated better salaries in the past but when I brought it up to my current company they stated it was non-negotiable in an effort to maintain equality amongst all hires. If you are going to negotiate I highly suggest approaching it from a “package” standpoint, so saying that you were hoping for a “package” that would put you in a +15% of what they offered and how they get there has some flexibility. It’s different than just saying “I need more money”. They may offer you stock options or extra vacation days or a signing bonus or something but it gets them in a problem solving state of mind rather than a negotiation state. Hope this is helpful!

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