So, here's the back story: I got a call from a recruiter trying to fill a position. Long story short, I nailed the interview and they called me back today saying: "we were so impressed that we'd really like to redefine the position we're offering you." It's a small company, and I was applying to be the technical sales manager for the mid-west; basically selling engineering solutions to customers such that the application engineers can carry out the task in a profitable manner. The position would also carry engineering responsibility since I'd be the first and last contact with the customer. As is common with small companies an employee is expected to wear many hats. I informed them that I had plenty of room left on the hat-rack. Anyway, they asked if I'd be interested in doing that job internationally and carrying the company's presence into brand new markets. I told them I'm always receptive to a new challenge. They went on to give even greater emphasis to the engineering portion saying that I would be trained as a full-fledged application engineer as well. The problem is that they're fixated on my current compensation. I'm the technical lead for a group of engineers, but I'm not compensated anywhere near the level of an international technical sales director! Also, I'm young (26) and I don't want to that count against me. I keep stressing to them that the important thing is that the compensation match the responsibilities. I also told the president, directly, that I understand he's expecting to get a good deal because of the tough economic climate, but warned him that he shouldn't expect to pay Ford Focus prices for a Porsche 911. He seemed very receptive to the analogy. So... folks of the forum... what do you think? Is it silly to want to be paid for what I do as opposed to being paid for how old I am or how much I make now?