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You Should Be Asking for More Money: Here’s How to Do It

Copper & Heat, Portland, Oregon

I worked in a three-Michelin star restaurant for $11.50 an hour for two years. I left in 2018 and went into a small restaurant/butcher shop to interview for a job as a butcher.

The interview went OK, until we got to the last question. “What wage do you want to make?”

For whatever reason, I had not prepared for this question. I’d spent the last several years working my ass off for...