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Think it's 'bout time you received a little extra something in your pay each month, but not sure how to approach it with your boss? Read on for these real-life suggestions by Redditors on the best ways to go about asking for (and getting!) the raise you deserve. 

1. Be realistic.

If you're only in the first few years of your career, you can't expect to be earning big money just yet, and your employer will only reimburse you for the actual impact you're making on the company. Ask for a raise if you've been with the company for a decent amount of time, or if your responsibilities have grown since your last review. 

2. Show them what you're worth. 

Before you go in and ask for a raise, think hard about what contributions you make to the company. Reddit userampersand_bananas suggests you "connect the actions you've completed with the positive results of the company." In other words, tell your boss why you've been directly responsible in help your business meet its targets. 

3. Emphasize how you've taken on more responsibility.

Remember that you need to give a reason why your company should pay you more than they original advertised for your position. Reddit user CitizenSam, suggests a line like, "with my new, added responsibilities, my current rate really isn't appropriate anymore. I need a salary that's more commensurate with the type of duties I have now." 

4. Be specific about what you want. 

Do your research beforehand and look at websites like Glassdoor, and see what salary is being advertised for similar roles. Go into your meeting with an interview-like mindset, and have a firm figure in mind that you'd like to be compensated. 

"Be prepared to offer a suggested raise amount. They may not ask, but have something—something reasonable," Reddit user kcell suggested.

5. Know the career paths available to you. 

While some industries and companies don't offer clear-cut career paths, many larger businesses do. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the positions and responsibilities available and required in levels directly above you, and communicate to your manager why you're ready to take a step up. 

"My company has a progression path for each category of worker. IE, financial analysts have clear defined paths from entry to Senior Director, as does Software Developer and every other title in the company. Each one has the expected functions they're supposed to fulfill at each level ... Show how you've succeeded at the current position, and show where you're starting to approach the next level up," one user explained