Getting Paid Your Worth


In 2011, when I graduated with my Master's degree from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, the question kept ringing in my head, "Now what?" There I was at the tender age of 26 realizing that I was not being compensated my worth. That's when I asked myself, "What is my worth?"

Making $50,000 per year in Atlanta in 2011 wasn't so bad. My rent was less than $600 per month and I was able to get by with paying everyday expenses. However, I wasn't able to save as much money as I'd hope for after all expenses were paid. That's when I started conducting more research and realized that someone in my same field was making roughly $70,000 per year.

I mentioned to my manager about having an increase in pay but he stated that unfortunately, it was not in the budget. I was shocked and appalled because I knew for a fact that everyone else on my team was getting compensated higher than me because of their level of seniority at the company. Only one other person on our team obtained an MBA degree but she was already in a Director role, therefore she didn't count. Nevertheless, I paved my own way to obtain the wealth that was owed to me.

Six months later, after much research and applying to numerous jobs, I ended up making $20,000 more than my current role because I knew that more money would result to a bigger savings account and the ability to travel often. I was proud of myself for putting in the work to get paid what I am worth!

Are you getting paid what you're worth in corporate America?