In most cases, you should have clear expectations regarding salary before reviewing an Employment Contract.
Ideally, the employer should send you a Job Offer Letter
in advance that summarizes the proposed job terms, including your compensation. An offer letter is beneficial because it outlines clear terms you can accept or negotiate.
When reviewing your contract, its salary terms should match those outlined in your offer letter or discussed during negotiations. If they don’t, bring up your concerns with the employer.
Some employers give staff members performance-based incentives that affect salary (e.g., bonuses). If you have discussed these incentives with an employer during the interview and negotiation process, ensure that your contract outlines these key details too.
In addition, check your contract for terms explaining when you’ll be paid. Suppose you sign your contract without understanding that it outlines a monthly payment schedule. If you expect and require bi-weekly payments, your employer will have no obligation to accommodate your needs.