Respond to a Job Offer, Negotiating a Higher Salary | Letter-Writing Guide


Sometimes the salary offered does not meet your expectations. This letter will state your case clearly, preparing the way for further discussion. Keep the tone positive, confident, and respectful.


1. Thank the reader for extending the job offer. Express confidence in the management, company or other aspects of the offer.

  • I was delighted to receive your letter offering me the position of Head of Design at Doe Corporation.
  • Thank you for offering me the opportunity to join your firm.
  • Thank you for inviting me to join your team at Doe Electrical.
  • I was very pleased to receive your offer of a position at Doe. It is an organization for which anyone would be proud to work.
  • Thank you for the job offer. I am eager to become part of such a dynamic team.
  • I am pleased to have the opportunity extended to me to work in your marketing department.
  • Thank you for the job offer. I look forward to joining your department.
  • anyone would be proud to
  • great opportunity for
  • has a proud reputation
  • inviting me to join your
  • join the staff of
  • join your team
  • offering me a position
  • such a dynamic
  • such a reputable company
  • thank you for
  • the job offer
  • the opportunity to work with
  • to be a part of
  • very inviting opportunity
  • was delighted to receive
  • was happy to receive
  • was so pleased to receive
  • your invitation to
  • your offer of employment

2. State that you want a better salary. Mention the salary you want if you feel it appropriate. Identify the factors that you feel warrant a higher salary, such as education or experience.

  • You should be aware, however, that I have a Master's degree, rather than the Bachelor's degree requested as a qualification. I feel that my advanced degree warrants a higher starting salary than the one offered.
  • This will not be the first time that I have headed up a design team, as I was Head of Design at Doe's for three years before I decided to move on. As I am no newcomer to the requirements and responsibilities of the job, I believe I merit a higher starting salary than the one mentioned in the offer.
  • Although I received the required Associate's Degree only two years ago, I have had more than fifteen years of experience supervising profoundly retarded students. I believe that this extensive experience warrants our taking another look at the starting salary level.
  • It seems to me that the remuneration package you offered is not commensurate with my education and experience. Please consider that after eight years of experience in the field, I will be able to be effective immediately
  • Although so much of the work that I have done these past few years has been on a volunteer basis, I believe that my organizational and management experience is worth more than the package being offered.
  • am no novice at
  • experience is worth
  • extensive experience in
  • greater than what is normally required
  • greatly increased contribution to
  • just one item that
  • may not have considered
  • may not be aware that
  • mentioned previously that
  • merits another look
  • more commensurate with
  • my qualifications and experience
  • please consider that
  • reconsider the starting salary
  • warrants a higher salary than
  • was not stated in the offer
  • with the understanding that
  • worth more than
  • would like to clarify

3. Confirm that you will make significant contributions to the success of the organization.

  • I am eager to use my skills in the service of the company
  • I know that I can make a significant contribution to the company's success.
  • As we discussed previously, my experience and interest in streamlining management practices will be of great value to Doe.
  • I will greatly enjoy working on the projects we discussed, and am confident that we can complete them to everybody's satisfaction.
  • I look forward to contributing to Doe's future success.
  • am sure that
  • am confident that
  • as we move into the future
  • can contribute greatly to
  • can make a real contribution to
  • feel certain that
  • go from strength to strength
  • make a significant contribution
  • make the best use of
  • move into a new
  • my skills and experience
  • rise to the challenge of
  • to everybody's satisfaction
  • will be pleased with
  • will not be disappointed
  • will be of great value to

4. Reaffirm your strong interest in the job offer. Assure the reader that a resolution is possible and that you want to accept the challenges of the position.

  • I am sure we can come to agreement in this matter, and look forward to starting work.
  • I am eager to get started in the new job as soon as possible, and am confident that we can reach agreement on an appropriate salary.
  • This position interests me greatly, and I would like to settle the issue of my salary as soon as possible so I can get down to work.
  • Apart from the need to discuss my salary, I am happy with the offer and look forward to starting work.
  • I would like to get going in the new job as soon as possible; we just need to come to agreement on remuneration.
  • am eager to begin
  • am confident that
  • an appropriate salary
  • as soon as possible
  • can come to agreement
  • get down to work
  • like to get started
  • look forward to
  • meet your expectations
  • need to iron out this detail
  • need to discuss this
  • such a dynamic company
  • suitable remuneration package
  • this exciting opportunity

5. Indicate how you will make your next contact.

  • I will call you on Tuesday to discuss this further.
  • I would like to meet with you to discuss this, and will call to arrange an appointment.
  • I will be in Springfield next Wednesday. Could we discuss my salary over lunch?
  • I would like to accept the offer but need to discuss the salary with you. I will call you on Friday.
  • Would you be available to meet with me sometime this week so we can discuss this? I will call your secretary to set up a time.
  • a mutually agreeable arrangement
  • an appropriate salary
  • arrange a meeting
  • can come to agreement
  • discuss the details
  • discuss our options
  • need to discuss this
  • package that is fair to all of us
  • sometime during the next
  • to set up a time to
  • whether you can accommodate me
  • whether this would be feasible
  • will call your secretary
  • will call you
  • would you be available to
  • would like to meet with

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