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By Perminus Wainaina 

What is your ideal salary? Do you feel as though your employer pays you enough? When looking for a job, do you think the salary range given is too low?

As a professional, you should be remunerated according to the value you bring to the company. However, many of the times, you might feel as though the employer is taking advantage of you and paying you much less than you deserve.

When you’re looking for a job, how do you ensure you get your desired salary? If you’re already working, how do you get your boss to increase your salary to match your expectations?

Over the weekend, I was interviewing professionals for a communications position. Stella was the third interviewee. At the end of the interview, I asked if she had any questions.

“Just one,” she said, “why is the position paying so low? I expected it to be higher for such a position.” continued Stella.

I explained to her how the employer had arrived at that figure.

After my explanation, Stella had one more question.

“This is what most companies are giving out there, but I don’t think it’s fair given the amount of work one has to do,” she paused for a while, breathed out, and then continued, “How does one get a high paying job?”

Before looking at ways to increase your salary, let’s first look at why you need a job that pays well.

Here are some of the top reasons why you should look for high paying jobs.

i. Your next employer will consider your paying you based on your previous salary. Most employers will pay you what you were previously earning, or slightly higher.

ii. It’s a measure of value. Your pay should be equal to the value you bring to an organization.

iii. Higher pay increases your self-esteem. When you have a high salary, you’ll feel your effort and work do amount to the general output of the company. This, in turn, can raise your self-esteem and confidence levels.

Does your reason for getting a high paying job match any of the above?

Read on to see how you can get a well paying job.