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I work at an association where they have to report the top 10 highly paid employees. Saw that my peer w/ same years of experience is making $70k more than me. I wish I had never seen this information-it has put a horrible twist in my gut and a lot of resentment. Before seeing this info, I had asked my boss for a raise based on the success I've had over the past 8 years but have only gotten 4% bump per year. What can I reasonably ask/expect ? 20%? Do I mention the disparity if boss lowballs?

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Start interviewing. If you like your job, use the offers you receive as leverage.

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This is always the approach I have taken. I can’t say it has worked 100% of the time but I can say my pride was left intact 100%

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Sounds like you're referring to 990s so I guess you're working for a nonprofit. I used to work quite a bit with nonprofits. Only thing I can say is that pay disparities are very common. Both between orgs and within orgs. Often connections and past experience can be extremely important - especially having connections. Often critical to obtaining funding and keeping the organization visible in the community. If you're in a marketing role for the org perhaps this is especially important. No idea what you being to the table vs your peer, but just throwing it out there

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Sounds like you’re at a non profit. Unless you’re in a position to get promoted, I wouldn’t expect anything outside of the annual 4%. If it bothers you so much and you don’t see a path to a higher salary, look at an exit.

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Being in a similar situation, the best thing to do may be to find a new job to pay you more. I had X amount of experience and came to realize I was being paid as much as a new grad. When my annual review came, I only got a 3% raise. I got a job offer and tried to ask for a match, they said they couldn’t match it and wished me well. I’m now making 30K more than I was at that job.

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I'm confused. So your peer is one of the top 10 most highly paid employees in your company? Which would makes both your peer and boss one of the most high ranking employees in the company? What percentage is 70K to your salary?

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SPE1 - that 70k is roughly 65% of my current salary. (My boss is a "key employee" which is a different reporting category on the tax form.)

I work directly with someone who makes $40k more than I do but I do all her work and am more qualified, but it’s my fault for underselling myself. Some people are just better at negotiating, I’d just go elsewhere.

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Are they an M7 grad or something? Either that or nepotism

Only you know if you are underpaid for the role you are doing. You can't just say that 2 people with the same years of experience should be paid exactly the same. The roles may be different. One may be much better at the job than the other, or may have different skills or experience. If you really feel genuinely underpaid, go and get another offer and see if they'll match, otherwise you'll leave. Try not to dwell on the pay differential, as it will just eat you away inside and make you even more resentful.

RSM1, I do love the work, the awesome team that I manage, and the industry I work in. That's why I haven't left for more money already. This forum has given me a lot of good perspective- and I LOVE the cheddar comment! That brought a much-needed chuckle.

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