Topic: Career/Training

Entry-level Salary Advice

Posted by tanner.benningfield on 25 Points
I recently graduated with a BSBA in Marketing. I took my first "official" job roughly 3 months ago, as a Sales Assistant at a 5 year old B2B software startup. (Prior to this I had 2.5 years of supervisory experience at a major sports venue where I oversaw a box office of 10-15 people)

In my current position I handle inbound phone calls, emails, and do outbound cold calling and up-selling, alongside another Sales Assistant. Coming in August we will both be transitioning, and the position will be outsourced.

I will join the Marketing team with the following tasks being the main focus:

- Rewriting macros for inbound chats, emails, and general questions
- Rewrite all cold call guidelines
- Continuously work with SDR to assess, adjust, and optimize the guidelines
- Develop and implement cadence for following up with customers
- Program automated responses on various webpages
- Identify weak points in the company webpage and submit edit requests

Longer Term

- My day-to-day will consist of maintaining the efforts and adjustements from above.
- Perform SEO activities and work with the outsourced design team
- Continually work with incoming employees to train on the various materials put in place (Macros, Scripts, Guidelines, Training slideshows)

We just restructured heavily and when the new structure proves itself, we will begin growing upward and outward quickly. I will then have the oppurtunity to hand off portions of, and expand my role.

I currently earn roughly $31,000 before tax. Realistically I would love to make around $32,000 AFTER taxes. This would be a significant increase and I wasn't sure how realistic it was. A member of the marketing team has been in the role for more than a year and is much closer to my current salary as opposed to the desired.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated! (conversation topics, examples, general guidance, etc.)
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  • Posted by Gary Bloomer on Accepted
    To take home $32K you're looking at a gross of $50-52K.

    The bad news from the real world is that as a recent graduate, you're unlikely to be able to command that kind of salary. Slow down. Earn your spurs.
  • Posted by Peter (henna gaijin) on Accepted
    One thing to make sure you do is benchmark yourself. Try to figure out what title the new position would be, and then look up on sites like to see what they estimate it would be for your region.

    If you find that the benchmark is higher than you are receiving, you then could perhaps use it as leverage to get an increase. Or use it as telling you it is time to jump ship to a better paying position.
  • Posted by Shelley Ryan on Moderator
    Hi Everyone,

    I am closing this question since there hasn't been much recent activity.

    Thanks for participating!


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