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How to thank boss for raise or bonus (with examples!)

Last week I received my annual merit increase at my full-time job. My current employer usually distributes them each April. To thank my boss I wrote him this thank you note:

Thank you note to boss

The grammar error in my note has been pointed out! I should have either started over or made the correction in the note. Click on the photo to learn more about when to start your thank-you note over!

Note: The thank you note pictured above is the note from 2015. If you’d like to see the note I wrote in April 2016, check out this post where I analyze my 2016 thank you note.

Why you should thank your boss for the raise and/or bonus

Unless getting a raise and/or bonus is written into the terms of your employment, you are not automatically entitled to get a raise. We may feel like we should be getting more after all the hard work we’ve done but it is not guaranteed. Remember that our salaries are the amount we agree to work for when we decide to work for a company.

Also, saying thank you shows your gratitude for what you’ve been given. Even if your raise and/or bonus was less that you expected (we always want more, right!?) we should still say thank you. It could have been nothing!

If you are dissatisfied with your raise or income or career, I suggest these two books: Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money and 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal.

How to thank your boss for the raise and/or bonus

One of the easiest ways to thank your boss is with a handwritten thank-you note. Email is easier and faster, however, a handwritten note will have a greater impact. They took a bit more time and feel more personal.

I have not seen a boss (or any co-worker) print an email thank-you and display it on their desk or somewhere in their cube. But I have seen many handwritten cards on display.

If your boss is in a different location than you, you can still mail a thank-you note. The address for their location should be available in an internal directory (or you can ask them).

Thank you boss

Tips for thanking your boss with a thank-you note

$ Do not include the amount of your raise or boss in your thank-you. It is possible that not everyone on your team or in your company received the same percentage. This will help avoid any potential drama if someone else happens to see it that received a different amount.

$ Be careful of what you say as you don’t know who else will see the note. Even if you decide to send an email, someone else could still see it.

$ In most cases when you receive money, I recommend telling the recipient what you will be doing it with the money. This situation does not qualify. Your boss does not need to know how you are spending your money.

$ If you are feeling bitter about the amount you received, wait a few days to write the note. Better to wait than to possibly regret your words later!

$ This is not the time to suck up by telling your boss how great he/she is. A little bit is okay but don’t go overboard!

$ You can use a simple note card design. Do not let choosing the design of the card become an obstacle to writing the thank-you note. If you really can’t decide, send it in an email. Check out the resources page for my card recommendations.

$ If you receive a bonus shortly before Christmas or year end, you can also wish your boss a Merry Christmas (or happy holidays if you are not sure if they celebrate Christmas) and Happy New Year.

I wrote my thank you note using purple ink as my love for purple is quite well known at my office. You may want to stick to a traditional blue or black. Don’t use a cheap pen that leaves behind ink globs. No one wants to see ink globs. Ever.

$ Use a tool like Grammarly to check your grammar. Grammarly offers plugins for Chrome, FireFox, Safari, and MS Office, so you can use it for much more than checking your thank-you notes! (affiliate links).
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Examples thank-you notes for thanking your boss

Start the note with Dear [insert boss name] and end it with Sincerely, Best Regards, or Thanks Again. In the middle write two or three sentences. Like this:

Dear [insert boss name],

Thank you for the raise. Second sentence. Third Sentence.

Sincerely,
Sign your name

Examples of Thank you note cards available on Amazon (affiliate links):

Click on the picture to open it on Amazon! The Sparkly Garden card on the right is a quality card and comes with a cute matching envelope. it’s hard to see in the picture, but there are little sparkles on the flowers.

Here are more example sentences for the center section:

I want to thank you for this year’s raise. It’s always nice to be appreciated financially!

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I’ve enjoyed working with you this year and have learned a lot from you. Thank you for the raise. I really appreciate it. Getting a bonus is awesome too!

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Thank you for the raise and bonus. I am thrilled that we met our targets to receive both this year! I hope next year is even better for the company.


I am excited to have received a bonus. The timing is perfect just before Christmas. I hope you have a nice holiday vacation. See you next year!

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Thank you for the raise. I also appreciate the time you spent helping me with issues this year. I am thankful for what I learned.

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I am glad to be on your team. Thank you for the annual merit increase. A little more in the pocket is always appreciated!

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Being recognized with a raise and a bonus feels great! Thank you for the financial appreciation.

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Writing thank you notes at work – personal stories

The opportunities of life (Thank You Thursday series)
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