For years I was underpaid as a PA – it wasn’t until *this* year that I realized I wasn’t being paid what I am worth, not because I’m not skilled, but because I don’t know how to negotiate well. I was busy doing surgery, rushing home to see my kids, and staying in my own lane, keeping my head down and cashing my paycheck. I didn’t understand how to leverage my PA skills to get a raise.
But things changed when I got *super* burned out in the middle of a global pandemic. I was disconnected from my work, actually physically ill and emotional past the point of no return and I quit my job. As I’ve navigated these last two years it’s become clear to me that PAs are providing huge economic value to practices, improving patient care, and it’s mind-blowing how poorly we are compensated.
I’m sharing the five most common mistakes that PAs make when asking for a raise. You deserve more. You are worth more. These negotiation mistakes and what to do instead are going to help you craft a pitch that will land you that raise, better hours, admin time, and maybe even another PA in your office to share the load.
I’d avoided my own negotiations too long, because… sweaty armpits and *I work with surgeons*… but creating a plan for negotiating and executing it, even with nerves, ended up being one of the biggest blessings to our family. I have learned how to leverage my PA skills to earn the raise that I’m worth.