I hear your frustration. But ... if it isn't a requirement of the job to have a certification, why should your employer pay you for it?
A 4-year college degree (not to mention master's) isn't a requirement of my position. (Although a CPC IS required.) Just because I hold that degree doesn't mean I should be paid more.
We recently had an opening for a receptionist. We had candidates with 4-year degrees applying (due to the current economic crunch). If any of them is hired they won't get a higher salary because they have higher credentials.
Some employers DO pay more for achieving the additional credential. But if you like your job and you have an otherwise good working relationship I'd consider letting this go other than to make sure that your accomplishment is reflected in your personnel file and when you get your next review. (And, of course, you have updated your resume, haven't you?)
Your employer is lucky to have such a dedicated and self-motivated employe.
I hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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