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Hi Guys, If a startup offers me a competitive salary package, is it too bad to ask for a slight bump? The first offer they made officially is very competitive, but should I get back to them and renegotiate it with a 9% increase in base comp? Is there going to be a harm if I do that and if I get rejected?

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Update: I did, and they offered a slightly higher bade comp and bridged the remaining gap with more options!

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I’ve done this in the past and had the offer pulled. I’m not saying you shouldn’t and I’d do it again, because honestly, HUGE red flag that they pulled the offer completely instead of just saying “nah, this offer is firm”. Always ask for more, but do so respectfully and in a way that doesn’t finger you as a liar if they say no and you still want to accept that job. “I can’t possibly make ends meet without $X more” is a bad move because if they say no and you accept the job anyway, that says you’re either a liar or only there till the next offer comes in.

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How much more did you ask? Is 15k more than 90k offer sounds too much in your opinion? For sr accountant in HCOL tech

In general, I would say there there is no harm in trying to negotiate a higher base salary, otherwise you might be leaving money on the table. Even for a startup, a few thousand dollars is probably not as marginally significant to them as it might be to you. This being said, it is always a good idea to have an argument to explain WHY you deserve more. You can look online for great tips on this, but should be based either on your fit to the role, the return you can achieve for them, or benchmarking research youve done.

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