Do employers expect me to negotiate their job offer?

Many employers do expect you to negotiate a job offer. Whether you should negotiate depends entirely on your situation and how good the offer is to begin with. If you have been out of work for an extended period of time and then get offered a job, negotiating may not be in your best interest. If you have a number of job offers on the table, negotiating could get you more money and a more attractive benefits package. Try to do some research ahead of time so that you do not ask for more than is merited by your position.