Most people don't negotiate, both because of fear and because no one teaches you how to negotiate in the first place. A report by Salary.com showed that 18% of job seekers never negotiate their salaries, 44% negotiate occasionally, and only 37% of prospective employees will always become an active participant in determining their salary. Many recent grads, so grateful to land a job in today's sluggish economy, accept their first salary offer without question because they're nervous. But if you don't ask, you're leaving money on the table! Think of all the Chipotle that could buy (and, you know, rent).
This is especially important for women, who statistically negotiate their starting salaries less often than men do. A recent Pew study found that in 2012, hourly earnings for younger women aged 25 to 34 were 93% of what men earned, compared with a national average of 77%.
Here are some tips from Forbes on how to negotiate a salary early in your career. Remember: NOW is the time to get your money, because as every employee will testify, it's harder to bump up your salary once you're in your position and have to try to do it incrementally with raises and promotions.