I have a love/hate relationship with my job. Well, maybe that’s not completely accurate. I love my job. What I meant to say was I have a love/hate relationship with my salary.
I love my salary because it is completely sufficient for the life Girl Ninja and I live. It allows us to do fun things, but is not so large enough that I lose grip with reality and live a life of luxury. What’s more, I really do believe I am compensated fairly for the work that is expected of me.
I’m annoyed by my salary for one reason and one reason only. It’s not going anywhere. For the last two years, I have been officially rated one of the best employees on my entire team. In the private sector this might translate in to a potential raise, or perhaps a promotion if repeated year after year.
The government, however, doesn’t operate that way. My salary is determined by Congress and there is nothing, I, my supervisor, or my agency can do about it. I could literally be the best worker in my entire agency (I’m talking tens of thousands of people), but I would make the exact same salary as John Doe who wreaks of mediocrity.
So it’s not so much that I feel like I should be paid more, it’s just that I feel like I should be paid more than John if I am a better employee than John. Likewise, I should also be paid less than John if he is consistently outperforming me. My inability to have even a small potential influence on my compensation, no matter how I hard I work, bothers me.
How about you? Are you happy with your compensation? Do you feel overpaid or underpaid for what you do? If you were the boss, how would you change things in your office?
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