What You Can Negotiate


  • Time frame to decide
  • Start date
  • Vacation (personal days, sick days and paid holidays are not negotiable)
  • Flexible hours


  • Base salary
  • Signing bonus and timing of payout
  • Year-end bonus (variable or guaranteed)
  • Equity, stock options or stock purchase, profit sharing


  • Retirement (matching and vesting)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Day care
  • Medical, dental, vision and other insurance

Work Environment

  • Location
  • Telecommuting
  • Equipment (laptop, PDA, home computing set-up, wireless connection, cell phone, car)


  • Moving expenses
  • House-hunting trip(s)
  • Cost-of-living adjustment (housing)
  • Realtor
  • Closing costs, miscellaneous expenses
  • Help for spouse’s job search


  • Title
  • Accelerated promotion schedule
  • Next review date

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