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When you work an entry-level job, it can feel like everyone is telling you what to do. If you’ve got a manager who likes to peer over your shoulder during every task you get assigned, it can prompt you to look for a promotion.

Although getting into management might seem like a good idea, it may not be the raise you expected. Most managers make fractionally more than an entry-level worker and get double the responsibility put on their desk.

Managers are also paid by salary in most organizations, whereas entry-level workers are in hourly positions. If you end up working 50 hours per week instead of 40, your wages could be lower than what your direct reports are earning.

Your Best Career Move Could Be to Stay Put

It’s been said that people quit bosses more than careers, but that saying came in a pre-COVID world. In today’s job market, having a job is often a luxury. Some people have been unemployed for over a year.

If you don’t like your manager, your best career move is still to stay put. Some employers won’t consider workers who have changed jobs three times within a decade. That means if you need to get away, it might be better to find a different department.

You can always work to create an opportunity that takes you away from the problematic manager without disrupting your work history. It isn’t always necessary to ascend to the highest parts of the C-Suite to maximize your satisfaction.


There is always a ceiling. When you take on anything less than senior management, you’re risking less pay for more work.

Outside of job stability and a paycheck in uncertain times, the entry-level job can make you an invaluable member of the team. People will come to you because of your experience. That means you can get involved with mentoring and other training options to shape how the workplace looks in the future.

Some people love being managers. If that’s not you, staying in that first job could be your best career move.

Scott Larson