I work in IT and in general, I know it is a well paid industry but I have been feeling bad/sad/frustrated about my salary. I know I am underpaid compared to my colleagues.
I left a job a year ago that I loved but I knew I was making 10K less than everyone else. My new job paid more but didn't give the same type of bonus so in reality, it was the same pay even though on paper, it was more money. After a year of that job and feeling, again, taken advantage of after I realized how much other people were making for doing less work than me, I left that job for a different company. Now you would think I would go somewhere else with better pay but.. I couldn't get HR to budge on my salary. They said cost of living would prevent them from giving me a higher salary since I was moving from an expensive city to a less expensive city ( San Francisco to Sacramento). I wasn't really liking my current job so I decided to take it.
I just started my new job in Sacramento and I think the people are great and the job is pretty good except the salary keeps bothering me. I keep kicking myself for not asking for another 5K or even 2-3K. Just a little bit more than what I was making would make me feel better. I'm very disappointed with myself. I am hard working and a real self starter. I have always been a star employee and I get along well with my boss and colleagues. I don't say that to toot my own horn but to make a point of the type of person/employee I am. I'm a true team player and have always gotten along well with my supervisors. I've always been told I'm an easy employee to manage by my superiors.
Why am I posting? I need some strategies to deal with the situation. I realize it's too late to renegotiate my salary. I know I can grind really hard to make sure I get a 3-5% raise next year and aim for a promotion in the next 2 years. That is always my plan but starting at a certain salary means I can only go up a certain percentage. I just feel so disappointed and ashamed for not being more bold. And for this to be consistently happening, it makes me question my judgement.
Any thoughts, guidance or just plain reassurance would be appreciated. I know sometimes just hearing a different perspective helps. Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom you can offer. I really appreciate this forum and this wonderful community.