how to avoid giving employers your salary history by Alison Green on January 29, 2014 Speaking of salary, as we were in that last post: It’s annoying as hell to be asked to give your salary history when applying for a new job, and it’s no secret that employers use that information to figure out what salary you’re likely to accept from them – which puts candidates in an unfair position and raises obvious worries about leaving money on the table. But despite this question being a crappy one, the fact remains that plenty of employers ask it. But that doesn’t mean you’re obligated to answer it. Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about ways to avoid giving employers your salary history even when you’re directly asked. You can read it here. You may also like:when an employer asks for salary history in your cover letterwhen should salary be discussed in a hiring process? (part 2)how do employers verify your previous salary?