Salary increase for you to jump ship

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Jan 16, 2009
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Salary increase for you to jump ship

Just want to have a discussion on what kind of salary increase it would take for you to jump ship to another company. Let's assume similar type of jobs, newer challenges, etc.

Let's say the benefits are similar at both companies.

However, let's say your vacation decreases from 4 weeks to 3 weeks. I would have to value the 1 week vacation as if it's another week's pay.

How would one go about deciding on how much of a salary increase to jump ship?

If the new company is offering very similar salary, should I still move on?

Assume I make the RFD "100k" salary, should I request at least 110k?
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Dec 3, 2009
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No, a 10% increase with a week less vacation isn't enough for me to consider jumping.
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Aug 23, 2019
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no, $100k to $110k would not be worth the switch.... After taxes, you're talking what, $500 a month more? Unless there are more options to move up with the new company, etc.

However, $70k to $80k, I would switch... or $80k to $90k.

Also keep in mind other benefits that have vesting periods... e.g. employee share ownership, defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans.. Usually these benefits can have 1 to 2 years vesting periods before you can join/contribute...

also, tenure is important.. your current employer might let you take your 4 weeks off back to back... your new employer might not even let you take your 3 weeks back to back...

sometimes the devil you know......
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Nov 15, 2016
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Minimum Salary increase, all things being the same is 10%+ for me to move.

Start by negotiating the following for your TC package:
1. Salary (find a number, land on a number between that your comfortable with)
2. Depending on how #1 goes, negotiate Vacation time
3. Stock options
4. Everything else
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Jan 1, 2017
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What about commute time to work? That would have impact too. Unless more opportunities at the new place 10% increase is not enough. Your opportunity to grow your salary is the greatest when switching companies so I’d be looking for 25-30% increase. Also if you are making $100k+ the vacation is negotiable for these jobs. I guarantee you that you should be able to negotiate it to match the 4 weeks.
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Aug 31, 2017
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I have come to value flexible work options and few employers offer this due to stone age managers. So for me, it would be:
1) Commute (these costs eat into any monetary raise)
2) Flexible work (includes vacation, sickness, working remotely)
3) Money - 10,000+ minimum (i.e. making under $100K)
4) Benefits

Of course as we continue to age the above order will change.
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Dec 8, 2007
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Money is just one part of the equation. I’d consider the role itself and potential for future advancement in that group and organization, management and the person you will be working for, commute time, pension and other benefits, etc. ... and then I’d compare/contrast that to the current role on the same dimensions.
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Dec 27, 2009
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Probably about 15-20%, but the 1 week less vacation would be kind of a deal breaker since I only get 3 weeks where I am lol (well, plus about a week over the Christmas shutdown).
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Jun 24, 2015
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you dont just lose your vacation entitlement you also lose your seniority too, is it worth it? your now on the bottom of the list and theres probably people with 10-15 years seniority above you
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Nov 6, 2010
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It's almost never "only salary"; things like commute, the working environment, challenges/projects, learning opportunities/career advancement and other benefits will almost always play alongside the salary in the decision (hence the term "total compensation package"). Then there's the entire concept of the progressive taxation system where say a 10-20k jump in salary will more or less improve your life depending on what tax bracket you're in.

Therefore, it's almost always case by case I would say. You're asking if say 100k to 110k is your example (or even a similar salary) and asking if you should move, then at that point you definitely need to look at other non-salary factors.
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Mar 7, 2007
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When I was younger... I never paid much attention to the money (maybe that's why I am not rich, LOL).

I changed jobs following opportunities to learn.

Now that I am older, I would probably look for 20% increase. Otherwise, I'll just stay where I am.

Note: 20% increase is almost not realistic, don't know if I could ever get it, but that is what I would be looking for
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Jun 7, 2005
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One week vacation pay usually equals to 2% of annual salary.

Assuming you work 7.5 hr/day = 37.5 hrs/week, which is 1,950 hrs per year. Thus, one week pay = 37.5/1950 = 2%
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Jun 7, 2005
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Havo wrote: It depends... in some cases, people would rather take a pay cut just to get out of a toxic environment. There are tons of factors to consider.
Agree, can't look at salary alone. Some people would leave a work place with a pay cut for various types of reasons. It also depends on stage of life/career.
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Sep 22, 2013
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I would need at least a 25% increase to even consider it.
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Jun 7, 2005
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I guess it also depends how happy you are with your current job.
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Feb 19, 2017
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For me, the % increase grows as my salary goes higher.

At 100K, 15% was enough to get me to move.
At 200K, wanted at least 25%.
At 300K, would likely need a full 100K (33%) to move on.

The reason for this is that the salary curve steepens as one climbs the ladder so it might be better to just stay and try to get the next promo if they aren't paying significantly more.
Last edited by Walch1102 on Dec 12th, 2019 11:37 am, edited 1 time in total.
Oct 5, 2019
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Too many other factors. Some people have already talked about. But even with just money it depends on how much you are already making (like someone else said the more you make the bigger increase you’d probably need), but also what the typical raise is where you are. I’ve typically gotten 10-20% a year through raises / promotions, so moving for 10% more makes absolutely no sense.
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Jun 7, 2005
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Some people would even make a move with a pay cut, e.g. he/she hates the current job or there is absolutely no growth opportunity in current organization and he/she gets a promotion in title from another organization (e.g. from a staff to a manager position with a lower/same pay in another organization).
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Nov 24, 2004
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Not enough info to answer the question. Do you like your current job? What is the advancement path like at NewCo vs OldCo? What about the commute? Benefits? People and culture? Flexibility in hours, WFH, sick time, etc.? Pensions or RRSP matching? ...