Salary negotiations are one of the most nerve-wracking parts of job-hunting. Because of that, people often make mistakes that end up costing them big money down the road. Here are five salary negotiation mistakes to avoid in order to maximize how much money ends up in your paycheck. 1. Not asking for more. Not negotiating at all is probably the biggest salary negotiation mistake people make, often because they feel awkward asking for more money or they’re worried that the employer will be outraged and pull the offer. Read more.