July 2, 2010, Newsletter Issue #55: How to Ask for a Raise in Your Physician Salary

Tip of the Week

So, you are happy with your job, but you think your physician annual salary deserves a boost. Before you talk to your supervisor about it raise, keep these points in mind to increase your odds of success:

Know the numbers. Do some research and find out the average salary of physicians in your specialty. You can find information about physician salaries by specialty through various online calculators. Know the policy. Some employers can only offer raises at certain times of year.Know what you want. Have an idea of your salary range and provide justification for why you deserve a raise. Be flexible. Would you be willing to take extra vacation time instead of a salary increase? Some employers may be limited by budget constraints, but they may be able to approve additional time off. If your employer simply canít offer a raise, then you need to reassess whether the other benefits of the job are worth your current salary. If not, consider working with a specialized physician staffing agency to find a job that meets your salary requirements.

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