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I worked hard at a small agency and was promoted from AE to AS after only 8 months in the industry. I had to leave and found a contract position as an AS at a large agency. I am finishing my contract and my boss offered me a permanent position, but wants me on as an AE. I am open to the AE position, but they are unwilling to compromise on the AE salary which is a substantial cut from my salary at my former agency and 45% of my contract pay. What do I do? Do I leave if I feel I deserve more?

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How many years of professional experience do you have altogether? Clearly they like you but don’t think you have the wisdom needed for the AS role, which can only be gained by experience. I’d imagine you’re probably going to keep running into this at future shops, so might be best to put in the time and prove to them you are worth the higher title and pay. Maybe have them put in your contract that you’ll get a review in six months and be eligible for promotion then. A lot of big holding cos won’t let agencies promote people in less than a year, unless it’s in their contract.

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Update: I finally negotiated with my boss instead of a recruiter; I told him what I brought to the table and why there needed to be a compromise in salary. I managed to advocate for a salary that is slightly above the average AE level and accepted the role as an AE. I’m very relieved as I can still make ends meet at this salary and will level set my experience level and title. I’ve been at two agencies in less than a year, so I am ready to settle and work for a solid year or two and can now do so. You’re guidance was truly so helpful. Thank you!

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