This Marketing Insights Manager Made $85,000 As A Marketing Intern

In our series My Salary Story, women with long-term career experience open up about the most intimate details of their jobs: compensation. It’s an honest look at how real people navigate the complicated world of negotiating, raises, promotions, and job loss, with the hope it will give young women more insight into how to advocate for themselves — and maybe take a few risks along the way.
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Previously, we talked to a 37-year old IT professional who got A $8,000 raise with a counter-offer, a 31-year-old Managing Director who quadrupled her salary in nine years and a 29-year-old Senior Product Marketing Manager who was denied a raise based on her age.
Age: 37
Current Location: Los Angeles, CA
Current Industry & Title: Beauty Industry, Marketing Insights Sr. Manager
Starting Salary: $30,000 (2003)
Current Salary: $147,000
Number Of Years Employed: 16
Biggest Salary Jump: From $45,000 to $85,000 (2009)
Biggest Salary Drop: "In 2007, I quit my job and went back to grad school. I made $800/month working part time as a student worker in the Career Development Office at the University."
Biggest Salary Negotiation Regret: "Not negotiating sooner. The fact that it was so easy [made me feel like] I was undervaluing myself. I wish I had put in more time to figure out what my worth was or just shot higher and asked for more and let them say no and bring me down to a lower amount."
Best Salary-Related Advice: "This was a more recent conversation I had with a mentor about where I wanted to take my career and what the next level was. I was kind of unhappy about getting where I needed to be, and the advice I got was to know your worth. Go to other interviews and see what they are willing to pay. Once you do that, come back to your job and say: 'Hey, this is my offer, can you match this?' and if they say no be willing to walk away. Know what you want and don't be afraid to go get it and take the risk. If you are not properly compensated be prepared to walk away and not just accept complacency."

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