Like a lot of others, I’m underpaid. I’ve been with my company for 3 years having worked various roles and have been working as a researcher for a couple years now.

Our org is restructuring and part of that is salaries are being reviewed and adjusted.

What are the chances I get the adjustment I deserve? They will need to bump me up 35%. Am I being foolish or do I need to look elsewhere?

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Look elsewhere. That’s just simply keeping your options open. You might get your raise, if they are having trouble retaining talent.

That said I’m also way below the market rate currently. The only way I’m getting an substantial increase is if go somewhere else. Of course that is exactly what I’m working on. Consequently I’m looking at a 59% increase in pay at a minimum.

Maybe they will surprise you.


I’ve been applying and actually have a second round interview tomorrow so we’ll see how it goes. I think right now is the best time for people in our situations to be actively interviewing. It’s nice having a job and be able to weigh options.

I hope they do surprise me. I like the company, my biggest gripe is being paid fairly. If they deliver, I’ll shut up…for a little while lol.

Best of luck to you on your search!


For some background: I revised my responsibilities and submitted them to my manager for approval, part of doing that was doing research on my salary where I told them I’m quite below the market rate for someone in my role. They submitted my revision request to HR and I’m supposed to hear back by the end of next month.


I was at a similar crossroads recently where I was well underpaid for my position and performance due to being hired at a lower rate and position. I started looking elsewhere, took a couple of interviews, but ultimately had some good open, honest conversations about my feelings and my current company did right by me. It did take a few tries and some persistence, but the end result was exactly what I was hoping for. I do work at a smallish company (100M revenue) but my advice is just to be honest and hopefully your superiors understand how much of an advantage it presents to pay you what you’re worth vs bringing in a replacement.


This is refreshing to hear especially because not all companies are willing to actively listen.

I think the worst part is waiting to hear about the decision? Apparently my manager is kept in the dark as well. They definitely don’t make it easy to talk compensation.

My plan is to wait until I hear back, if the increase is what I’m hoping for, I will take it with a smile, if it isn’t I plan on challenging it and having that open honest conversation with them. At the end of the day I just want to be paid fairly, I’m pretty content otherwise.

And as I mentioned on another thread, I’m actively applying and interviewing on the side. Doesn’t hurt to know what else is out there.

Thanks for sharing your experience with me!


We’re always looking for UX researchers on my amazon team please apply!


Very kind of you thanks for the heads up. Why is your team always looking for researchers?

If you’re young and early in the career, you should not stay too long with a company. 2-3 years are normal. Find another job so you grow as a designer and get valuable experience that you can use in your advantage when negotiate salary that’s market standard or above. Before inquiring, make sure you know what you want and be prepared to find other options.


Is 30 young? Asking for a friend 😬 lol.

I do realize the longer you stay with a company the more money is being left on the table. Part of why I want to stay is because I’m in at the ground level of the UX department. I’ve done a lot of work shaping processes and best practices which has been great. I don’t know, I think you’re right though I need to take a step back and think about what I really want.


I just went to my company with the concern of being underpaid. Had an open conversation with HR and went in with data and the diffs (Glassdoor salaries TBH) for my area (both similarly structured orgs and others). They did an independent salary study, and I got on a raise of 15%, which was the low end of the DIFFs.

How that is received is really determined by the culture of your org. Hope it goes well!

Make sure your experience is really known. The biggest problem for people is expecting their managers and others to really understand the full extent of their contribution. It is your job to make that known

I think I would start looking elsewhere. If you get another offer in hand, you could use that as leverage. However, a 35% increase is alot. I would not hold my breath.

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