The employer offers a salary that is below my salary range.
“I am very excited about being part of your team, but according to my research the salary is below the ongoing salary market. Would your budget permit $55,000 instead of $50,000?”
“I am really looking forward to being part of your organization, and I am confident that I can make a strong contribution to your organization. However, the salary range is below what I had in mind, considering the level of responsibilities this job entails. Does your budget allow a salary that is closer to the mid $50’s rather than the low $50’s?”