Every 20-Something Needs This Work Advice

Know your number. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. Get in there and remind them just how lucky they are to have you. If asking for a raise were as simple as following the same old strategies we’ve heard hundreds of times, then we’d all have plenty of money and none of the sweaty-palmed stress that goes into asking the big boss to bump up your salary.

The fact is, asking for a raise requires a little savvy, a lot of legwork, and the ability to navigate the specific culture of your company and HR departments. That said, here are 11 “get more money" strategies that worked for real men and women. Try them yourself and enjoy the (literal!) payoff.

Opener photographed by Nina Westervelt.