How to Earn More in 2004


While we'd all like to be making more money, asking for a raise is one of the most stressful work experiences all of us face, reports, The Wall Street Journal's executive career site.

"Simply working hard often is not enough to earn a raise or promotion," says Tony Lee, editor in chief, "And the fact that you need more money is never a good reason to ask for a raise. Your request should always focus on your achievements and value at work, and how much you should be earning compared to others in your same industry, function and location."

Fortunately, the Internet makes it easy to determine how much you should be earning, since many salary databases are available for research -- including hundreds of free salary tables on

"When you sit down with your boss and can offer printouts of salary data that show you are underpaid, your boss will take notice," Mr. Lee says. offers these tips for earning more as the job market improves: features more than 30,000 jobs and 2,500 articles on all aspects of job hunting and career management. also features salary data, negotiating tips, popular columns from The Wall Street Journal, and exclusive content from its own dedicated news staff. The site was recently awarded a gold star and named Best Executive Career Site by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, received a Best of the Web award from Forbes magazine and was selected Best Site by CareerXRoads in their 2002 Directory.