I’m a 24 year old social media editor and show host earning $70,000
- Welcome to “Salary Journeys”, a series about what people have done in their careers.
- In this journey, a social writer who manages multiple channels shares her trading experiences.
- She loves her job and finds interesting opportunities, but works hard and knows she deserves more money.
I am a 24 year old white female living in the North East working as a senior social writer and show host at a media company. It’s my second job out of college and I make $70,000 a year.
Even though I received a raise last August, I ended up earning the same salary as when I started as an hourly employee working overtime due to taxes and benefit deductions. The experience taught me a valuable lesson in gaining the confidence to ask for what I’m worth.
For example, I’m writing something telling my company that I need a raise to $85,000 or $90,000, or I’ll look elsewhere. Even though I love my job, if another offer came my way that offered better opportunities, I would take it without hesitation.
I am in a unique position where my company would have a hard time replacing me as I am the face of one of the most successful shows in the entire company.
Currently, I run two channels on Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok with an audience of around 5 million people. I’m completely on my own, working behind the scenes for one channel and hosting the other. These are opportunities few people have, but I know I deserve so much more.
Here is my salary journey over the past two years.
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Social writer and show host$24 per hour plus overtime
Before being hired by my current company, I worked at another media company writing editorial content. I stayed there for four months and made $20 an hour.
When I started at my current company, I was making $24.08 an hour and had no health or dental insurance. Because I ran (and still ran) two chains by myself, I worked a lot of overtime, so I was perfectly happy with my salary plus overtime pay.
My annual salary was $50,000, but in 2020 I actually made about $60,000 with overtime.
Last July, the company took me from hourly pay to salary and offered me $56,000 a year. At the time, I accepted, but when my paycheck came, it was hundreds of dollars less than what I was earning before.
I reported this to the company a few days later and said it wouldn’t work for me. I was making much less money even though I had a raise and a promotion. I asked for a raise to $75,000 and even changed my tone a bit, saying, “That’s what I deserve.
In early August, they agreed to raise my salary to $70,000 plus a $5,000 bonus, but I never got the first salary back.
It was very frustrating, and at the time I was okay with it because the senior executives at my company made me think it was a good thing that I was getting a raise and a promotion.
Senior social writer and show host$70,000 per year plus $5,000 bonus
Even with my $70,000 raise, I’m effectively making the same amount of money as my first day on the job because now I’m paying for health and dental benefits.
I feel like my income is back to square one, and now, several months after that August increase, I’m writing a paper to argue for an increase to $85,000 or $90,000. It’s more what I’m worth, considering everything I’ve done and built for the company.
I always remember how lucky I am to have a job that I love. But it can also be what keeps someone, especially a woman, from sending that email that says, “This is what I need. It’s what I deserve.
An older colleague of mine is the one who gave me the confidence to ask for a raise in the first place. He told me I had to look at the numbers from day one, look at what they are now, and show the company that I’ve grown the two channels I’ve been on from the start to millions of subscribers.
My advice to anyone in my position would be to make a list of your accomplishments, so you can see what you’ve been responsible for over time and all the ways your job has evolved. It puts things in a new perspective, especially on days when you feel like you’re not doing enough.
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