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Job Title v Salary?

Asked by Jellie (6489points) March 1st, 2011

I have been promoted in my current job and on the other hand i am offered another job with twice the salary but a position lower to where I am promoted. Should I go for manager or the double salary? They are both good organizations and both opportunities are good for my career.

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erichw1504's avatar

If you need the extra dough, go for the double salary, but if you don’t really need the money and aren’t that greedy, then stay where you are and continue to build your rep. with the current company.

marinelife's avatar

The answer totally depends on your needs.

Jellie's avatar

I don’t need the money, I do really want it…

erichw1504's avatar

@sarahhhhh Which job do you think you’ll enjoy more? It’s better to be happy with a lesser paying job than to be unhappy in a higher paying job.

hug_of_war's avatar

Do you like the atmosphere at your current job? Like who you work with?

Facade's avatar

Are you more focused on advancing in a particular career path or making money?
Personally, I would go for the higher paying job.

Jellie's avatar

I do like it now only because I’ve spent more time with people there. But generally the second on is a better company.

And the opportunity for my career is better in terms of learning and expanding at the new job but just the fact that I’m promoted as manager and that’s what my experience will count is also sort of helping my career no?

YoBob's avatar

Depends on what is most important to you.

If it were me, not being the corporate climbing type, I would take the higher salary without hesitation. Bottom line for me is that I work for the income so that I can provide for my family and (hopefully) one day enjoy a comfy retirement. The bigger the salary, the better I can do those things.

OTOH, for some people, their work is the centerpiece of their life and they tie their sense of self worth together with their position in the corporate hierarchy. If you are one of those and corporate position means more than income, then take the job that promotes those aspirations.

perspicacious's avatar

Double salary. That’s why you work.

SpatzieLover's avatar

In this economy? I’d go for double the salary hands down.

Now, I’d only take it if I liked the work environment and the people I’d be working with…but for me that’d be a prerequisite of any position I’d take.

mrrich724's avatar

Unless you would still be doing the same work you do for no money . . . than the main reason you are doing it is to get paid . . . so take the money.

No one will fault you for it down the road. If an HR person sees your resume and says “hmm, I see here you took this job after this one” . . . “The salary was double,” is a perfectly legitimate answer.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Many employers don’t like to hire people who always “go for the money,” preferring instead to hire those who seem to work at their career because they like it, and who have a steady progression of ever-higher positions. If you truly don’t need the money right now, and this is a job in your chosen career field, I would wait until something opens up which is an organizational step up rather than simply a pay increase. Keep in mind that this sort of thing is easily gleaned from a resume. ( 14 years of Personnel Management experience here. )

SpatzieLover's avatar

@CaptainHarley My husband has had 3 different jobs in the past three years due to the economy. My recommendation in this economy again: Go for the money.

mrrich724's avatar

I agree with you @CaptainHarley

As an HR person, I will always choose the person who seems to love the field rather than the one who is motivated by money. This serves our purpose as one who hires for the benefit of the organization.

However, I think if the OP of this question really really loved what they were doing, this probably wouldn’t be a question, and until they find what they do (without a doubt) love doing, going for the most money wouldn’t be a bad way to go, and an HR person should understand that.

When the OP goes for the interview that matters, and it will matter b/c they are finally doing what they do love, then they can tell that manager “I took the money b/c it was important to me at the time, but now I am interviewing for the position I love”

I don’t see something wrong with that.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Probably best to ask them, I guess. They may love their current job, but the lure of “more money” can be very strong, even if they don’t actually need it.

12Oaks's avatar

Personally, I’d never accept some management position. I wouldn’t accept any type of “promotion.” That’s just me, though. So for me, double salary and no chance of being a manager is a win/win/win situation, the best outcomes of all.

Go for the money. You could always tell whomever else your job is (fancy title), and they’d be equally impressed and none the wiser. there’s that win/win/win again.

BarnacleBill's avatar

You work for money first, to pay your bills, and for opportunities to learn new things to advance your career. Double the salary would be hard to pass up, unless the working conditions were really difficult.

Which one gives you a chance to learn new things?

Having managed people before, I found the stress not worth the little bit of extra money that came with it. If you move to the other position, then the base that you are moving up from will be greater, and your earning power will be even more. If you are promotable in your current job, you are probably promotable in the other one, too.

blueiiznh's avatar

go for what makes you happy and offers you the potential for long range growth.
Titles and money do not make you get up in the morning glad and ready for work.

CaptainHarley's avatar



If you do work you enjoy, in a career that’s a good match for you, the promotions and money will come eventually.

Bellatrix's avatar

Depends on where you hope to end up. If the current job will offer you more opportunities for advancement and to learn and grow, it might be the better option. The research I have read shows money doesn’t make us happy in our jobs. If you hate your job and they give you a pay rise, you might feel that instant gratification but in a short while you will be back to “I hate this job”. So, which job will give you what you want from a career? The people you work with? The training or opportunity to grow in your field. Money is not everything and I honestly believe if you love what you are doing, the money will follow. Perhaps not straight away and not in the company where you gained the knowledge and experience, but it does come.

Jellie's avatar

thanks guys you all gave me a lot to think about :)

SpatzieLover's avatar

@sarahhhhh Best Wishes, @sarahhhhh! Do keep us posted :)

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