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Salary negotiation with candidates email template

Use this salary negotiation email template to discuss your compensation and benefits package with potential hires.

When extending a job offer to a candidate, be prepared for salary negotiations. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, how hard it is to fill this role and your budget, you could be open to negotiating higher compensation and/or a better benefits package with your best candidate.

The following salary negotiation email sample template will give you an idea of how to re-address salary and benefits with potential hires. You can customize this template to include compensation, bonuses and perks you’re willing to offer.


Email subject line: [Company_name] Job Offer / Job Offer from [Company_name]

Dear [Candidate_name],

We are pleased you’re considering our job offer for the [Job_title] position. We’ve discussed your requests with the Head of [e.g. Engineering] department and our Finance team and we’ve decided to extend our initial offer with:

  • A [e.g. 5%] increase in the annual compensation to a new [mention the new salary] salary
  • A signing bonus of $X
  • Flexibility to work from home two days/week or commute reimbursement
  • Company stock options
  • Re-negotiation of compensation and benefits package after an early performance review [e.g. six months after start date]

Please consider the above offer and reply by [date.] In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at [provide contact details.]

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

[Your name]


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