So i'm a fresh graduate with my BBA in M.I.S. I took a help desk job with a small healthcare IT firm (Around 50 employees). The problem is I screwed myself with the salary for the starting offer, in my first interview with the company I was told that it was an hourly position and the operations officer eluded to the fact that there would be plenty of overtime available. When he asked me for my salary requirements I told him they were negotiable like 3 times trying to avoid the question b/c I wasn't prepared for it... salary questions always come in final interviews for my past jobs. Finally after him not moving on until I answered him I told him I could work with at least $10/hr with overtime included. I know I screwed myself but I figured 45+ hours a week at this rate would net me at least 30k which would be plenty for me since my city is very low cost of living. Again I wasn't prepared to answer that question at all.
The job offer comes in after 2 more interviews and apparently since my first interview through final interview the help desk positions had been changed from hourly to salary and guess what my offer was, 21k/yr. That's $10/hr for a 40hr week. I was pretty upset with this offer, I tried to negotiate to the mid 20's minimum and told him that I was under the impression about it being hourly with overtime etc which was why my number was so low. My negotiation was met with "It's an entry level job and that's what we have budgeted for the position at this time, we do salary adjustments after 90 days". Me being an easy impressionable fresh grad I decided to take the job anyway for the experience since I didn't want to push the salary anymore b/c I know for a fact that they got over 100 applicants for my position.
So i've been with the company just under 2 months and everyone is about to go through a performance review. From my knowledge we have never done annual reviews, raises were always just given at whim but it looks like policy might be changing since this is the first time everyone in my section is getting a review at the same time. For this review everyone got some papers to fill out, which subsequently had your salary on the last page. While going over the papers with a co-worker I saw his salary by accident since we didn't know it was on there and I was pretty upset with what I saw...
32k/yr, he's been with the company 6 months, 1 raise since he started for $1/hr. He graduated from the same university with the same degree 6 months prior to me and had no IT experience, hell I was even more qualified b/c I had a management internship in college to his retail job. This means he has the same credentials as me and started out at 30k/yr.
I was upset about the salary before but now i'm really angry. I was mislead during the initial interview about pay and when I tried to renegotiate I was shut down which made me think that everyone was just getting the shaft like me. I'm doing very well at the job and they are happy with me, I figure I am going to get my first raise this week when I go in for my review but I know it's going to be way too low. I'm guessing they are just going to try to give me $1/hr raise which would bump me up to 23k.
How should I go about this? I really love the job and need the experience, but knowing i'm making more than 10k/yr less than someone in the same position and almost exact same credentials is infuriating. I wasn't supposed to see his salary though and in fact I don't even think he knows I saw it b/c I didn't bring it up. What do I do when they try to only bump me up to 23k or hell maybe even lower this week? I feel I deserve at least 27k/yr ($13/hr) but since I started out so low they are going to try to act like this is pushing it. I'm just at a loss, I know I should stick it out with this job for the experience but now having hard evidence that i'm getting taking advantage of really puts a damper on my position with the company.