Expected salary

Expected salary question in 2020. And how to answer what is your expected salary question and answer examples. Should you include expected salary in the resume or CV? This question is asked in online applications and at interviews. This is a vital question, as explained below. 

expected salary

How to answer what is your expected salary question in 2020 

  • Initially, it is best not to give any salary expectations. 
  • It is easier to start with a higher salary than to start with a low salary. Because it is not easy to get a high pay raise quickly.
  • If you do not negotiate, you could lose more than $350,000. Because $8,000 at the start of your career may not be much. However, it adds up over the course of your career.

Including expected salary in the resume / CV or not

  • Don’t include your expected salary in your resume, CV or in your online job application.
  • Also, don’t include your expected salary in your cover letter or email. 

How to answer expected salary range

  • Again try to delay answering until you have an offer.
  • But if the employer insists, it is best to give a specific salary figure, instead of a salary range.
  • If you give a desired salary range, the employer will most likely offer you the low end.
  • If the employer insists, make sure you would be happy with the lower end of the salary range.

Salary expectations answer examples

When asked about salary expectations, you can say something like:

  • I am happy to negotiate salary expectations.
  • Or I am sure we will agree on the salary.

Is expected salary question only for managers?

  • No. This salary expectations question is applicable to all levels. Including CEOs, executives and senior managers.
  • Also it is applicable to all fields and for women and men.

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Delay answering what is your expected salary question

  • If your expected salary is less than their budget, you may miss out on a higher salary.
  • And if your expected salary is higher than their budget, they may eliminate you.

When to answer what is your expected salary question

  • In online job applications, they ask what are your salary expectations. Try to avoid giving a figure.
  • At the interview, salary expectations usually come up. Indicate that you are negotiable. This question is asked at face to face interviews, virtual interviews, video interviews and phone interviews. Due to coronavirus COVID-19, virtual interviews, video interviews and phone interviews are the norm now. Also see coronavirus virtual interview tips and coronavirus job search tips.
  • Let the employer decide to hire you first. Then discuss desired salary.
  • However, the employer may ask you a second time. Say something like: “career path is most important to me”. But this does not mean that the salary is not.
  • If the employer asks for a third time, then it is best to give a $ figure.
  • After the offer, negotiate a higher salary. So this is why it is best to delay giving salary expectations.
  • So always negotiate after they offer you the job. But before you accept the offer. Be serious in your moves.
  • If you have 2 job offers, it is usually easier to negotiate. Then decide which offer suites you best. Be careful, so you do not end up with no offers.

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This was updated on June 2, 2020.


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