I am being promoted from an engineering individual contributor to an engineering manager with a staff of three to four engineers supporting new product development projects in medical devices.
Current salary is $103K. Based on PayScale and conversation with recruiters, typical base for this role is $125-140K. I asked my manager (who is fully supportive of my promo) for a competitive assessment; manager agreed, but said this was also something that we don't typically negotiate on.
In my mind, this is a new job with hugely increased responsibilities, and I should be paid based on industry standards for the role/my location/my internal equity (established high performer).
Seeking advice on how to proceed with salary negotiation. Am I unreasonable for pushing for more?
Located in San Diego, CA
I have 7 years engineering experience. It isn't a question of if the promo is happening, it is locked in. I will be responsible for resource allocations, supporting 4-5 projects in addition to my own 2 projects, performance reviews, hiring/firing, coaching & development.
A manager also vacated a position back in June of this year, and I have took on all of his work including managing his resources. It's my soft opening into management. Thus far, I have gotten great feedback. Business has given me a spot bonus due to increase in workload.
That said it doesn't hurt to try, but I think your best chance for comp is crushing it with the new products and start getting performance bonuses, PSUs, etc. If not after that use the success story to get a job in a year or two with some solid wins on your resume.