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Question 36 of 40 for our Physician Assistant Mock Interview

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Question 36 of 40

What are your salary requirements?

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The best thing that you can do when asked about your salary expectations is to be open and honest about what you are currently earning and where you want to be in the future. If you are asking for more than you currently make, be sure to give reasons to substantiate your salary requirements.

Written by Krista Wenz on November 9th, 2022

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  • 36. What are your salary requirements?

      How to Answer

      The best thing that you can do when asked about your salary expectations is to be open and honest about what you are currently earning and where you want to be in the future. If you are asking for more than you currently make, be sure to give reasons to substantiate your salary requirements.

      Written by Krista Wenz on November 9th, 2022

      Entry Level Example

      "As I am new to my career as a physician assistant, I am happy to negotiate my earnings based on your typical salary for this role."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      General Example

      "I can share with you what I am currently earning and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $88K plus health benefits. I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position as I have two years of experience from when I started at my current salary."

      Written by Krista Wenz on November 9th, 2022

      Experienced Example

      "I am negotiable with my salary expectations. However, I am not inclined to lose compensation. Compensation to me, though, is not just net pay. I consider work hours, drive time, benefits, and more. Currently, I earn a base salary of $98K."

      Written by Krista Wenz on November 9th, 2022

      Community Answer

      "According to AAPA, the mean salary for a new graduate in a primary care setting in Minnesota is within the range of $110,000-$120,000 which is what I am expecting."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good work! You come armed and prepared based on research and evidence. This approach perfect.

      Community Answer

      "I'm comfortable with compensation that's in line with the industry average, and that can reflect my education and skills level. I am however flexible and open to hearing about the facility's compensation expectations for this level."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Salary is always a really tricky question, and you do a great job of deflecting the question while showing genuine interest in the opportunity. I would suggest having a range in mind, in case you're pressed for a specific number. (I always suggest to only provide this if pressed, and never provide an actual number, but rather say, "My target range is XYZ..."

      Community Answer

      "As a newly qualified Physician Assistant, I would expect to start on the NHS band 7 of their Agenda for Change pay scale.

      I would, of course, prioritize fulfilling all competencies required of me in this position and I welcome annual reviews and appraisals to progress further."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Chad Wilson

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Chad Wilson Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great answer! You have done your research and have the information required to support your salary expectation. Nice work!