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Just to be clear, is this amount in ADDITION to your regular salary, and the requirement to earn it is simply that you stay on for the agreed upon period? Do you have any job offers elsewhere yet? When would your last day of employment be if you don't accept the retention offer? I very much look forward to helping you on this matter.
With their existing offer, they are essentially boosting your pay by 20%. That is significant. Your proposal would boost your pay by almost 50%. Realistically, that is probably a bit high, but would not seem out of bounds as a counter offer. Chances are if they are willing to pay you a retention bonus that the amount is negotiable. If it were me, I would shoot for something roughly in between your initial expectation and what your employer has offered, such as $7,500 for 3 months with an initial counter offer of $22,000 for 3 months. That is, of course, unless you want to extend your employment out longer.
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