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    Employee Makes more than me


    by mcdonjer ·

    I manage a group of 10 people. Recently a new person was transferred to my group. In going over his file I noticed that he makes more than me.

    I mentioned it to my boss and he said he would look into it.

    Is this normal? SHould I insist that my salary be adjusted to be more that this new employee? How many other people have ever been in this situation?

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    • #3329984

      Normal? – No!

      by jdmercha ·

      In reply to Employee Makes more than me

      Common? – Yes!

      It can depend on your industry. Look at a college campus. The highest paid employees are usually the coaches. In some cases they may have three levels on management above them, that get paid less.

      Or if you manage a team of experts, it is entirely possible that some of them may get paid more, because of their expertise.

      • #3329975


        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to Normal? – No!

        I know that when I moved from a technical specialty to management my income went down despite my salary going up because I could no longer claim overtime or pager pay.


    • #3329944

      Maybe the employee…

      by hockeyist ·

      In reply to Employee Makes more than me

      …is being paid normal wages and you are being underpaid with everyone else. The other possibility is he has a specialization such as CCIE. Quite possibly the employee is a crab transitioning through the company. For those of you that don’t know, a crab is someone who has been promoted to their level of incompetency and is being shifted sideways in the company; can’t be promoted higher and won’t be demoted. Forever being moved from department to department until they die or quits. Usually found in government departments.

      • #3329937

        What I’ve seen

        by jdmercha ·

        In reply to Maybe the employee…

        Incompetent managers will end up in the special projects department. There they are given an unimportant task to work on by themselves.

    • #3329910

      Well I’ve been in the situation

      by tony hopkinson ·

      In reply to Employee Makes more than me

      where I got paid more than the guy managing me. It was quite simple my skill set had a higher market value.

    • #3329892

      Self check first

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Employee Makes more than me

      What does what someone else is getting paid have to do with you or the job you do? Did you feel underpaid before you saw someone else was making more?

      There are many reasons this person would/should make more than you.


      If you excel in all these over the person, then you have a valid complaint. Otherwise this is just being petty.

      My mother works in IT and has years and years and years of exp and a masters. Yes, she makes more than her boss does.

      Get over it and do your job and worry about yourself.

    • #3329716

      You’re looking at it all wrong

      by amcol ·

      In reply to Employee Makes more than me

      Compensation has less to do with corporate hierarchy than you might think.

      Just because you’re higher on the organizational food chain than someone else, whether than person is a member of your staff or someone else’s, is no reason for your comp to be higher than theirs. There are all kinds of factors that come into play.

      For example…I have a staffer who’s been with the organization for many years. Good person, does a good job. Gets his raises every year. I recently hired someone with a lot less experience, but with some key skills. Had to make an offer that pays the new guy more than the old guy. So it goes.

      This phenomenon is pretty typical in sales organizations also. The sales guys, who are on commission, make more than the managers (at least, the good ones do). It’s nothing to get upset about.

      • #3329553

        That’s right

        by dafe2 ·

        In reply to You’re looking at it all wrong

        Many the of people that work for me make more than I do…..none are paid the same.

        Of course, they have to carry blackberrys & be reachable 24/7. They’re paid for being on call and 20% of their pay comes from OT.

        Still others are subject matter experts and are paid accordingly

    • #3329548

      More Money…???

      by srikrishna ·

      In reply to Employee Makes more than me

      I can say its very rare but it definetly happens..Particularly MNCS which span across the globe..with the currency conversion when there is some movement it might happen…But i rather took it in a different way…instead of worryin about the check he is taking home i will make myself more competetive so my management will compensate me better..

    • #3329403

      Nothing wrong with employee getting more than manager

      by webinweb ·

      In reply to Employee Makes more than me

      With that attitude, you better be careful about getting fired. It is an ignorant, and annoying attitude to have, and one that usually results in a firing, to think that you are suppose to always get more because you are the manager or supervisor, or director, etc.
      Grow up.

    • #3328801


      by binoy_hotmail ·

      In reply to Employee Makes more than me

      This raises an issue on lack of privacy. Should a boss see the subordinate’s salary?

      Salary of employees should be seen only by the Finance & Accounts section. For Appraisal purposes, the boss should be aware of only the hikes/cuts.

      • #3328692

        Um no…..

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to Privacy

        Managers get paid to manage, and one of the things they manage are budgets. The biggest item in any budget is the cost of labour. In order to appropriately manage the budget, the manager has to know the salaries. Does that mean that the manager expects more from people who are paid higher? Yes – and thats the way it should be.

        I can’t imagine a manager being able to run a department without knowing the salaries.


      • #3351432

        What utter rubbish

        by eltel ·

        In reply to Privacy

        How can a manager expect to hire and manage an employee without knowing his/her salary? How can a manager even interview an prospective employee without discussing salary expectations? This has nothing to do with privacy.

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