30 Email Subject Lines When Asking For A Raise (+Example Templates)

Updated: October 19th, 2022

30 Email Subject Lines When Asking For A Raise (+Example Templates)

One of the toughest challenges we all face at work is asking for a raise.

If you're looking to get a raise in your company, a great way to do this is by sending an email that explains your impact, performance, and a request to be paid more.

A well-crafted email subject line can make a huge difference in your success when asking for a raise. And, if you don't have the results you want, follow our guide to learn how to craft a compelling email subject line when asking for a raise.

Formal Email Subject Lines

  1. Positive Salary Adjustment Review
  2. Seeking a Fair and Equitable Pay Adjustment
  3. Requesting Salary Adjustment
  4. Dear boss - Can I Have a Salary Raise?
  5. I Would Like to Discuss My Raise
  6. Salary Adjustment Request for The Period (x) - (y)
  7. Salary Restructure Proposal
  8. Request for Salary Review
  9. Let's Talk About a Raise
  10. Salary increase: Don't You Think It's Time?

Friendly Email Subject Lines

  1. Employee Recognition Program
  2. I Should Be Paid More, Is This Possible?
  3. I Feel Like I Deserve a Raise
  4. Salary Appraisal Request
  5. Salary Revision for The Period XXXX-XX-XXXX
  6. My Performance Review
  7. Request for Annual Review
  8. Salary Review Coming Your Way
  9. Salary Adjustment Application
  10. Seeking a Raise

Casual Email Subject Lines

  1. Salary Increase
  2. 2022 Changes To Pay
  3. I believe My Skills Merit a Small Raise
  4. Increment and Bonus
  5. Salary Review Schedule Revision
  6. Salary Raise: Goals Achieved
  7. Salary Raise for 2022?
  8. I'm Due For A 10% Raise, What Do You Think?
  9. Update In Pay
  10. Review My Increment/Bonus

Salary Raise Email Template Examples

Here are a couple of great examples of Salary Raise email templates you can use.

title=I Wanna Be More Valuable To You Hi [manager’s name],

I have greatly enjoyed working here over the past ___ years, and as well as feeling I have learnt a lot from my time within the department, I also feel I have contributed a great deal to the ongoing success of the team and the company.

Over the past year alone I have [write about your own achievements here], and also have additional responsibilities such as [add these here, focusing on how they help the business]..

Given the added value I bring to the company, I no longer feel that the salary I am receiving reflects the contribution I am making to the department. I believe my current remuneration package is below what can generally be expected for someone in my position, and would request an increase of X% to bring my current salary into line with the industry average.

I would greatly appreciate an opportunity to discuss this further, and kindly ask that we meet at a time most convenient for you. Once again I would like to express my sincere thanks for the support you have shown me and I look forward to continuing to serve the department and the wider company.

Kind regards,

Your Name Here


title=I'm hoping you can help me out... Dear [Name],

I am grateful for the opportunity to work for you as Development Coordinator for XYZ Nonprofit. Over the past two years, my responsibilities at XYZ have grown significantly, and I not only consistently complete all of these responsibilities, but I do so with an exceptional quality of work. I would, therefore, like to respectfully request a meeting to review my salary.

As you know, my salary has remained the same since I was hired in 20XX. Since then, I have happily added some duties to my workload that have allowed me to contribute even more to the company. For example, I volunteered to develop a quarterly newsletter, and am currently in charge of the writing, formatting, and printing of the publication. As you know, I also recently completed a graduate certificate program in grant writing.

I believe that my increasing contributions to the company and my new qualifications justify a pay raise.

I would love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss a raise in my salary. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, [Name]


GUIDE: How To Write A Great Subject Line

As we mentioned above, crafting a catchy subject line is critical to the performance of your email campaign.

While just a few words may seem like a small piece of your overall message, this is the first impression your audience will have before they decide whether to open your email.

If your subject line isn't engaging or appealing enough, there's a chance it could get buried in your reader's inbox.

Let's go over the proven tips on how to craft a subject line that boosts engagement:

What makes a great subject line?

First, let's discuss the fundamentals of creating a great subject line:

  • Spark interest and curiosity
  • A clear and urgent call to action
  • An offer/intriguing discount
  • Personalization (this can be done by sending out different versions of emails to subscribers based on their preferences)
  • Relevance - make sure your subject line covers the current trends and topics within your industry

5 Tips To Crafting a Great Subject Line

Now, let's dive into the specifics of how to create a great subject line for your next campaign:

1. Use a familiar sender name

Although this may seem obvious, it's a piece many marketers miss the ball on.

Your readers want to feel like your email is coming from a human and not a corporation or automated system.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is by changing the sender's name to YOUR name or someone in the company that is well known.

Here's a great example of this from Marketing Examples


Pro Tip

Avoid the "no-reply" sender name at all costs. This makes your email feel unfamiliar, unapproachable, and less personable.

2. Keep your subject short and to the point

If your subject line is too long, it will get cut off, which could impact your reader's chances of opening your email.

The rule of thumb (for both mobile and desktop) is to keep your subject line under 50 characters.

3. Add personal touches to your subject line

If you have access to information about your subscriber (ie. name, location, etc), you can use this to benefit your subject line and catch your readers attention.

It's important not to go overboard here, but adding even the simplest touch such as their name can build trust and rapport.

Here's a great example of a personalized email + offer I received from BarkBox with my dog's name in the subject line:


4. Avoid making any false promises

Your subject line makes a commitment to your reader, so it's important you don't stretch the truth just to simply get more opens and clicks.

In the grand scheme of things, making false promises will end up hurting your open rate as your readers will lose trust in you.

5. Give them a sneak peek of what's inside

Telling your subscriber what is inside helps with open and clicks.

For example, if you're providing your reader with a free guide or e-book, consider making your subject line something along the lines of:

"Your FREE marketing e-book awaits!"


If you want your email campaign to perform well, it all starts with your subject line.

Think about the emails you receive in your inbox and what makes you click vs what gets buried - odds are, the same habits go for your customer.

We hope you enjoyed our guide + list of 30 email subject lines when asking for a raise (+example templates).

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