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What is your current salary?

10 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

It is important to note that this question may be illegal, depending on your geographical location. If you are in a place where it is unlawful for a hiring authority or recruiter to ask this question, you can politely decline by saying, "I am aware that this question breaches my rights as a candidate in the state of XYZ."

A potential employer will often want to base their offer on your current salary. Whenever possible, you should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests in states or provinces where it is entirely legal to ask about compensation. Keep your answer simple, and to the point. It is indeed okay to ask the interviewer what they are offering in return!

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I am aware that this question breaches my rights as a candidate in the state of XYZ."

Admin
Answer example

"Currently, I earn $25/hour with many overtime opportunities. I also have a competitive benefits package and three weeks' paid vacation. Could you tell me what you are offering for this role?"

Manager
Answer example

"I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities based on our profits. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth. Could you share further details with me on your compensation plan?"

Marketing
Answer example

"As I am a recent marketing graduate, I would like to be offered a fair salary that reflects my recent education. I am most concerned with joining an organization that will help me to grow my career in marketing. Compensation is not my primary driver."

Retail
Answer example

"In my current role, I earn a blend of hourly plus commission. This year I am on track to earn $38,000. I am looking for a growth opportunity; however. What might you be offering for this position?"

Sales
Answer example

"My current position is unique as I am on 100% commission; however, I have an expense account for all travel, client meetings, and more. Might you have further details on your overall compensation plan?"

Athletic Director
Answer example

"I am currently earning a base salary of $98,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

Academic Advisor
Answer example

"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus full health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

ABE Teacher
Answer example

"I am currently earning a base salary of $48,000. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

Machinist
Answer example

"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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