If you decide that you need to request additional or different compensation, do your homework first. Especially in tough economic times you can't expect to negotiate a salary "just because." You need to have justifiable reasons for requesting a modification, and this means you must be prepared to
- cite mean and median salaries of graduates from your School;
- cite mean and median salaries from national survey information and know the cost of living estimates for the area where you're assigned; and
- discuss your experience and education that are above and beyond the "average" graduating student, especially as they relate to the particular job for which you're negotiating.