Do employers expect me to negotiate for a salary increase?

Many employers do expect you to negotiate for a salary increase when they make an offer to you. At the same time, certain industries do not expect you to make a counter offer when they make a salary offer. If you are in a field in which you had to work hard just to get an interview, you may want to avoid the temptation to ask for a higher salary. An employer could always go back and get one of the many other candidates who applied for the job. If you are in a highly specialized field and you are clearly qualified, then you should not worry about asking.