I've received an offer for a position that I'm pretty excited about (my first job out of school!), and the senior management at the company seem to really, really adore me. When they asked me about what kind of compensation I'm looking for, they gave me a range. When they offered the position to me, they gave me the high figure in the range. However, I'm looking at the average salary for such a position, and the offer is like almost $10,000 below it. I guess I'm kind of disappointed now, because I honestly thought they were going to go higher than the range considering how desperately they seemed to want me (like many phone calls per day). The senior managemen guy who called me with the offer said they're writing up the offer letter and sending it ASAP, after I said I needed more time to consider my options. What does that mean? Does that mean their offer is now final and not negotiable? I've always thought that you should never accept the initial offer, since obviously they're not going to give you the max they're willing to pay you, so you should always negotiate, but now this is like a curveball and i have no idea/experience what to do.......any ideas guys?