salary

some findings from 24,000 people’s salaries

The salary survey a few weeks ago got a huge response — 24,000+ people shared their salaries and other info, which is a lot of raw data to sift through. Reader Elisabeth Engl kindly took the raw data and analyzed some of the trends in it and here’s what she found. (She asked me to […]

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how much money do you make?

It’s hard to get real-world information about what jobs pay. Online salary websites are often inaccurate, and people can get weird when you ask them directly. So let’s take some of the mystery out of salaries. Fill out the form below to anonymously share your salary and other relevant info. (Do not leave your info in […]

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can I ask contacts at other companies how much money they make?

A reader writes: Is there an acceptable way to ask distant contacts at other companies how much they’re making? I’m in a role that exists across most industries but at wildly different levels of pay and responsibility (executive assistant). I often come in contact with other industry assistants through meeting setups and other correspondence. Is […]

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you need to ask for a raise — here’s how

I’m constantly alarmed by how many people tell me they’ve never asked for a raise. They feel awkward about initiating the conversation, or feel like they never get an opening to do it, or they’re worried they’ll sound greedy, or they just have no idea how one would ask for a raise at all. Instead, […]

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our boss’s high salary is tanking morale

A reader writes: This is an odd question in that I think I know what I’m going to do (dodge it and run — I am a nervous creature) but I’m wondering if that’s ethically what I should do. The scenario is this: I work on a five person team for a nonprofit. It’s the […]

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is a salary request 40% over the max enough to rescind an offer?

A reader writes: We recently made an offer to a candidate and I wanted to get your thoughts on what you would have done in this situation. Throughout the process, the recruiter shared the salary band and that the maximum was not flexible, and the candidate confirmed the amount that worked for them multiple times. […]

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why do companies lead candidates on about salary?

A reader writes: I recently had a bizarre interview experience. I applied for a job that’s the same title as the one I currently hold, at another company that’s similar in many ways to my current one. I had a phone interview with the person who would be my boss at the new company that […]

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is being salaried a scam?

A reader writes: I’m at the highest hourly position in my company. Most upward mobility for me at this point is becoming salaried, and as I’ve explored it, I am perplexed. As an hourly employee, I’m generally not working more than 42 hours on any given week. I get two 15-minute breaks and a half […]

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