Should I negotiate for an entry level software engineering position if I have no prior internships/SWE job experience?

I haven't gotten an official written offer yet, but after giving a salary range of what I'm looking for, the recruiter said that the typical salary is about 5-10k higher than what I said, so I'm not sure if I should even negotiate if the average salary is already higher than what I said I'm looking for. Any advice and tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

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why wouldn’t you negotiate 🤣

Yes! Always negotiate! Or at least ask if you can negotiate after you get the verbal offer. Even if you don’t have much to bring in as entry level just discuss your education and how excited you are for the position. Good luck!

Yes..negotiate, always.

Yup! Always!

It can't hurt to ask, but I wouldn't get your hopes up too much. If you don't have prior experience, you really won't have a ton of leverage. That said, they almost always expect a counter-offer, so go for it!

I want to heart D&Is comment (but limited account problems).

Personally I think it’s a great sign the recruiter pointed out the typical salary to you, they could’ve easily hidden that and given you something lower!

Do some of your own research on salary and when you get your offer see how it compares. Base salary is not the only thing you can negotiate so if you receive an offer with a better salary than expected pinpoint at least 1 or 2 things you can negotiate (flexible work schedule, PTO, stocks, etc depending on your industry/company). Always negotiate so you minimize leaving money/benefits on the table. Don’t forget this will be payment for your work so never hesitate to ask and/or expect more.

Yes. Always negotiate. It never huts to ask!

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