If the salary you were offered is lower than you’re expecting, does that kill the opportunity for you?
Research has shown the external factors (salary, benefits, bonuses, etc.) can only get us so far.
Non-monetary factors such as the opportunity to work autonomously (while still being held accountable), to be creative, to make an impact, and to be recognized and respected has a higher degree of job satisfaction.
That’s not to say to be taken advantage of with a low-ball offer, but it is suggesting to understand if the above can help make up the difference for you.