Accepted a low salary, how to bring it up again?

I panicked during the phone interview when they asked me my salary expectations and said the base 15/hrs was good. 

My parents work in the field and said it's really low for the job and ideally I should've asked for 20.

My mom said I could tell them I got another job offer with a higher salary. I think I'll do this, but is there any other way to bring it up? 

Also I live 2 hrs away and they want me to drive there a only few times just to visit. (It's a remote position) Should I ask them to cover the travel fees? Would it be too much? 

I'm 19 and this would be my first time working for someone other than my family company or as a freelance designer so I don't have much experience with interviews.


I haven't accepted the job offer yet!! There's still a portfolio review taking place. I guess that gives me time.

5 Answers

  • 3 months ago

    Telling them you got another job offer would be risky.  They might tell you to take it.  That aside, why should they pay for your gas in getting there?  That expectation is ridiculous.  If you express the audacity that you have described, expect them to tell you to go and find another job, because they will tell you that you are fired even before you start.  Accept the money you AGREED TO.  In one year, if they don't give you a raise that is acceptable, THEN ask for a little more.  Pay for your own gas.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Employment law experience.
  • 3 months ago

    You mom is wrong.  For a 19 year old, $15/hour is not a low salary.

  • 3 months ago

    You are 19

    You don't have a degree

    You have no real experience in the field

    You didn't give a low ball amount, because you have no history to support anything you ask

    If they officially invite you to the office, they may or may not office a mileage reimbursement.

    - remember, that almost every candidate they look at is a better candidate in most people's eyes than you.  They are not 19 and this is not likely their first job ever held "outside the family business".

    - if you want to ask them for mileage reimbursement, you can.  You have to be prepared that you may lose the opportunity over a few gallons of gas.

    If the company is a legitimate company, then they know what the position is worth too them.  At this point in your career, you will always get the bottom of the range.  But they will pay you the bottom of the range, not what you asked.

    "freelance designer" is this a freelance position?

    If it is, you need to do research.  With 15.3% SE tax, I don't see how anyone can work freelance for less than $25.  That doesn't mean you should be earning $25, it means you should be working working in a company as an employee, if you cannot command $25.

  • Scott
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    You agreed on a wage and accepted it. End of story. You could try your little ruse about another job offer, but that is likely to back fire on you. Then what? Two hours away is nothing, they should not be expected to cover your travel. If you had to buy a plane ticket, book a hotel - then sure, they should cover that. You have a lot to learn about the working world. You are working for them, not the other way around.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    They are not going to give you more after you just accepted $15. Prove yourself for 3 months then ask for more. I worked for minimum wage at your age.

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