How to ask for a raise: 7 things your boss wants you to know

While salaries are up for tech professionals, satisfaction with compensation continues to decline, according to research from career website Dice. Just half (52%) of tech pros were satisfied with their salary in 2014, slightly down from 54% the year before.

“As demand for technology professionals rises and highly skilled talent is harder to find, the pressure is being reflected where it counts: paychecks,”says Shriven Goli, president at Dice. “Still, tech pros are less happy with their earnings, signaling to companies that in order to recruit and retain the best candidates, offering more will be necessary.”

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With a booming IT job market and recent spike in hiring, now could be an opportune time to go after that raise you’ve been thinking about.

“If you can prove your value and are truly dedicated to your job, you want to give that opportunity to your employer first before going elsewhere,” says Allison Hutton, senior IT recruiter at talent acquisition firm Allavanti Group.

Asking your manager for a raise can be a nerve wracking experience -- especially if you’re not sure what to expect. Here are seven things CIOs and hiring managers want you to know about asking for a raise so you can better position yourself for success.

1. You are not entitled to a raise. If it has been a while since your last raise, that alone doesn’t entitle you to one, says Mark Berger, senior IT recruiter at talent acquisition firm Steven Douglas Associates. “Some people think that since they’ve been at a company for a while and because they do good work, that warrants a raise,” he says. “But that’s not the case. You need to do something other than just showing up and doing your job to earn it.”

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