To start off, I work as an IT analyst for a publicly-traded company, we own over 80 companies nationwide. From what I know, I am currently the person making the least amount of money in the whole IT department (there are about 12-13 of us total). So after hearing so many times from friends/ex-coworkers that I should be making much more than I'm currently making (39k/yr), I'm planning on asking the CIO of the company for a raise. A good friend of mine says I should ask for MUCH MORE over what I want to actually make, so in case of a bargain i will be ok with what the CIO negotiates. So I'm planning on asking for 50k/year.. Is this too much to ask for? Just to back myself up, I'm a jack of all trades with my job, I'm consistently busy and the proof of this is our help desk software where I log everything I do throughout the day (thus showing proof of how much a raise I should get). Moreover I am never late, learn from my mistakes, and I'm pretty much tired of living off my credit card just to make ends meet (which happens all the time about a week before payday once a month). Any other advice I should take?