Hello! I have been at my organization for 10+ years and raises are few and far between because we're a state agency.
I recently realized (because state salaries are public info) that two of my peers with the same title make a minimum of $19,000 more than I do; one makes a whopping $23,000 more! I can easily support an argument for why I should get a promotion/raise using specific examples of things I've done and what I've contributed to the agency. However, it's hard not to compare myself to my peers. All of us have slightly different functions (even though we have the same title), but our workloads are very similar; my position has the most effect on public perception of the agency. I'm essentially a manager without the title, and I definitely am not receiving compensation commensurate with my responsibilities. One of my peers has been there longer than I have but doesn't have a master's degree; the other has been there less time but has a master's degree. I realize there may be other factors at play that would explain the salary discrepancy, but there should not be a nearly $20k difference! The problem is, with raises being few and far between, I would never have a chance to attain a salary that rivals what they make. Is there a way to tactfully bring this up to my manager? It just doesn't seem fair. Do I just need to look elsewhere?