Trying to keep this brief and am unbiased as possible.
I have a co worker that now makes significantly more than me, and I have no clue how to deal with this.
I started with the company 5 years ago as basically a receptionist with no direct experience. Shortly after, our office had some unexpected turnover that lead to me taking on a lot more responsibility, which eventually led to a promotion.
About two years ago our office hired another person with my same title. She had more experience than myself, and a more relevant degree.
Our compensation at that point was relatively in check, although she made slightly more than me. While we do similar level work, my work load is much greater than hers. In addition, she's a chatter box. I'm often distracted by her talking/gossiping in the office. To get her to stop talking I basically have to block her out, stare at my computer, not respond to her and attempt to work.
A year after she was hired, right around raise time, she threatened to quit, and was given a significant pay increase. Frustrated, I met with my newly hired boss and he told me that she had been hired in too low for her experience and education level. He agreed to change the raise that I had gotten (which was the standard increase) to give me a little more, but not as nearly much as what she got.
Her behavior in the office has remained the same, and she's even had a couple minor performance issues that I am aware of.
Flash forward to now, a year later, it's raise time again. I found out I was receiving the standard increase, which I expected, and was fine with.
Then, I found out that she had been looking for jobs, and got job offer that she was going to accept.
For whatever reason, my boss made her a counter offer, which increased her salary even more. (She accepted) His reasoning was apparently that he did not want turnover in the office (its a very small staff).
She now makes $10000/year more than me. We have the same title, do similar level work, and my days are full whereas she seems to find time to talk constantly. I've never gotten a negative evaluation or have had any performance issues that have been addressed with me. WHAT GIVES! I'm meeting with my boss on Tuesday and I don't even know where to start. How do I work next to someone that's being paid more while doing less?
If you were me, what would you do?
I wouldn’t say anything when meeting the boss next week. Wait till you get another offer. Be calm.