I started working for a company seven months ago. I gave them a low figure when they asked for required salary. The offer they gave me was a bit lower than what I asked for. After getting six months of work experience I've been given a 4% raise. I am still getting paid less than what I asked for, which really wasn't very much. My initial desire was to yell at the human resources personnel that raised my salary by 4%, but this is kind of like biting the hand that feeds you. With enough handshaking, I should be able to get a job elsewhere making 20%-30% more. That's not the point though as I'm unable to estimate how much I'm worth to the company. I also have a superb academic background, although by ignorant boss has belittled and demeaned the better half of it. Anyway, the point is that they simply aren't paying the market value for someone with my job title. Since I'm somewhat baffled, I'm thinking of kindly asking them how they determined how much my salary should be.