Are You Paid What You Are Worth?
The answer, in a word, is "NO."
You are a one-of-a-kind, crafted-by-the-Maker-of-the-universe, person who is priceless. Are you paid what you are worth? Of course, not, but the question of a fair wage for the job you do is a fair question indeed.
Can you make more money elsewhere?
Rather than wonder, do a little research with an online salary search engine. Talk to other people in your profession, career advisors and recruiters. Look in publications about your industry. And search America's Career InfoNet.
Should you ask for a raise?
Ask for time with your boss or human resources. Talk about positives of your job and employer, your accomplishments and performance, your desire to contribute and earn more. Then share the salary comparisons, and ask "How can I earn more?"
Relocate for more money?
If you move to another city, you may need make more (or perhaps less) money to maintain your standard of living. So compare to be fair before you move. Try a salary calculator to compare areas you are considering for relocation. Look before you make the leap.
More than just salary?
Consider your total compensation. Is there a bonus? Overtime? Commission? Car? Club? Training or tuition reimbursement? Paid vacation, holidays and sick days? Insurance for health? Dental? Vision? Disability? Life? And much, much more?
Pick your passion...
...and prosperity will follow. If you do what you like most and do best, you will perform at high levels that can bring prosperity at high levels. If you pick prosperity, however, you may be led to work without passion that can lead to poverty of your savings and your soul.
Is more money always better?
Not if more money requires so much more time on the job that you have to steal minutes from your family. Do not bankrupt your family while trying to make your bank account rich. If you want a life well spent, seek to balance money and time for work and family.
Beware - the Perils of Prosperity
"...the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs ... not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment." 1 Timothy 6:10,17
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