I work as a contractor (1099 in the US) for a company (let's call it A) a few hours a week and received an offer from a more prestigious, smaller company (B) in a similar field. I plan on working both positions as there's no conflict in interest or scheduling.
Important note: It would be contract work as well, for roughly the same amount of hours. Additional benefits like training and professional development are a factor though.
When asked what I currently make at A, I declined to answer. My reasoning internally was that the pay at B is far higher on average so my current pay would be disadvantageous to share. I was expecting a significant increase in wages but never put down a number.
I got an offer with exactly the same hourly wage.
Coincidence or not, is this anchoring practice standard in contract work? Assuming company B knows what I make at A, is it up to me to justify the pay increase?
I know that negotiation is expected in this situation but I feel like my current wage is putting me in a bad position. I apologize for the vagueness. Any insight would be appreciated though, thanks!