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Old 02-26-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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I am writing a cover letter and they are asking me "expected salary". It's for an associate producer position for a video game company with 70 or so employees located in mid manhattan.

I have less than 3 years experience in the field and right now I make 40k in a similar position but with a lot less responsibilities.
I have no clue. I've done some research and they say the lower end is around 50-55k. Even though I found contrasting information.

Considering this is in new york, how higher than the average should I make my expected salary?

Asking for a salary amount upfront is so awkward.

does anybody have any ideas?
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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I am writing a cover letter and they are asking me "expected salary". It's for an associate producer position for a video game company with 70 or so employees located in mid manhattan.

I have less than 3 years experience in the field and right now I make 40k in a similar position but with a lot less responsibilities.
I have no clue. I've done some research and they say the lower end is around 50-55k. Even though I found contrasting information.

Considering this is in new york, how higher than the average should I make my expected salary?

Asking for a salary amount upfront is so awkward.

does anybody have any ideas?
With 3 years I'd go for 65K. Always ask for a little more than you think you're worth. You have to have balls to ask for money, they'll be happy that you're confident that you think you're worth that much. Producers in ad firms make anywhere between 80-100k.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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With 3 years I'd go for 65K. Always ask for a little more than you think you're worth. You have to have balls to ask for money, they'll be happy that you're confident that you think you're worth that much. Producers in ad firms make anywhere between 80-100k.
Isn't that "minimum wage" in the Big Apple? You can barely afford a one bedroom efficiency apartment on such a salary.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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65k, it seems a bit high. Generally salaries in gaming are lower than other fields. I really don't know what to do, would I risk not getting an interview by asking too much?
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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I have a friend in the industry. I hate to tell you this, he's saying those positions right now are at $35-45k... and that they have no trouble hiring in at those rates. I would put a range on your cover letter. Say $50-60k. If it's too high, hopefully they'll come back at the lower amount. I usually don't give a salary request - I say market rate and will not negotiate until after I have the interview. You can explain to them that you need a better understanding of what would be involved with the job before you can decide a salary rate to request. Good luck.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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I have a friend in the industry. I hate to tell you this, he's saying those positions right now are at $35-45k... and that they have no trouble hiring in at those rates. I would put a range on your cover letter. Say $50-60k. If it's too high, hopefully they'll come back at the lower amount. I usually don't give a salary request - I say market rate and will not negotiate until after I have the interview. You can explain to them that you need a better understanding of what would be involved with the job before you can decide a salary rate to request. Good luck.

thanks a lot. That was really helpful. I wouldn't wanna move to new york under a certain threshold. I am gonna put 55-60k. But your info was really helpful. I don't even know why they ask how much you want. I never discuss about money until the very end. I guess they are trying to see if someone is willing to work for 35-45k.
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