How to write a salary negotiation email

Congratulations on your new job. An email to negotiate your salary needs to use professional language. This template to write a salary negotiation email when you receive a job offer.

writing a salary negotiation email

Below is an example of a salary negotiation email you can use as a base for your own email when you receive a job offer. Change the email to suit the person you are writing to, the situation, and the salary offered. In all your job communications, remember to be polite and enthusiastic!

Template for a salary negotiation email



Subject line: Use the subject line the employer used in the job offer
OR insert [Name of position] – job offer

Dear Mr/Ms [Last name]

Thank you so much for the offer. I am excited about the possibility of working as [name of position] for your company. I believe that my skills in ___________, _____________, and ____________, will make me a valuable asset to your team.

Before I accept your offer, I would like to talk about the salary. I looked at the suggested salary and, due to my [number] years of experience in the industry, I think a salary of $ [figure 5–10% higher than offer] would be more appropriate. I hope that you will agree.

I look forward to discussing this with you soon and thank you for your time.


[Your first and last name]

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