It’s important to understand the tools you have on the internet to evaluate the average range of pay for the position you’re applying for and even have discussions with your peers at networking events.
When I first came to the Bay Area, I was unaware of what fair pay was for my experience and role. I discovered three months into my role that I was underpaid by 26%. I gathered my thoughts, metrics/contributions, and the public salary information that I needed to make the case and had the talk with my supervisor.
I think the steps to do this aren’t hard on paper but can be challenging in practice from an emotional standpoint. The biggest takeaway from all this is that you have to be your own advocate and not wait for people to recognize it and give you a raise. I would just leave you with the time-old phrase “If you don’t ask, you won’t get.”