You certainly messed up by giving a low salary number. But here is an idea to help your situation.
If I was stuck in your spot, I would call back and clarify the following...
The opportunity seems like a great fit, and it is exciting to see things moving forward.
However, I would like to have a chance to review and discuss the range of salary and other benefits provided to make sure the opportunity makes sense financially as well.
Salary is one piece of the puzzle, but the medical/dental plan and cost per pay check, 401k match and vesting, bonus, commission, and vacation policy are other important pieces of the puzzle.
If he pushes on the number, then...
Yes, that was the number thrown out as an absolute minimum. However, that would be the salary associated with the best possible combination of the other pieces of the compensation package.
For this opportunity with some of the more industry-standard benefits that we have discussed since then, that specific number is not quite applicable. I apologize for any misunderstanding and could have done a better job of qualifying that specific salary number. As I am sure you can appreciate, salary is better evaluated in the context of the overall compensation package.
But again, I believe this job would be a great fit. I would just appreciate the opportunity to review and discuss the full compensation package to avoid any snags over the next two weeks.
This post was edited on 2/9 at 11:49 am