Survey: Most workers are comfortable with negotiating a higher salary

Talking about compensation with a potential employer can be a nerve-racking experience, especially in a tight job market. But most of today's professionals aren't shy about asking companies to show them the money, a Robert Half International survey suggests. Eight in 10 (81 percent) workers interviewed said they're comfortable negotiating a higher salary or better benefits, with 44 percent indicating they are very comfortable.

The survey was developed by specialized staffing firm Robert Half International. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with 437 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

Workers were asked, "How comfortable would you be negotiating for a higher salary or better benefits with an employer who has offered you a job?" Their responses:

 

Very comfortable

44%

 
 

Somewhat comfortable

37%

 
 

Not at all comfortable

17%

 
 

Don't know/no answer

2%

 
   

100%

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