How to Answer, "What Is Your Desired Salary?" 

How to Answer, "What Is Your Desired Salary?" 

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Giving a Range

"Based on what I've learned about this role and the responsibilities, the market value for roles like this, and taking into account the cost of labor and cost of living, my salary expectations are looking at a range of $100,000 to $115,000 for a starting salary in addition to learning more about the total compensation package offered."

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Using Benchmark Data

"I've researched average salary information for this role at X, Y, Z and spoken to a handful of people working in similar roles and industries.  My research benchmarks that roles like this are making between $120,000 and $140,000 annually. Additionally, when you factor in the cost of labor and cost of living growing 7% over the next 18 months, 

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Using Benchmark Data

an appropriate starting salary range for this role is $130,000, which does not include my experience. I'm happy to discuss this in further detail once I learn about this specific role and company, but that's what my salary research is showing so far. Is that aligned with your research as well?"

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Focus on Learning More

"Thanks for asking. I've done some preliminary salary research on similar roles in similar industries; however, at this time, I'd prefer to keep learning about the specifics of this role.  Once I have a better idea, I'm sure we can determine fair compensation for what's required of the job."

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Deterring Your Answer but Highlighting Your Experience

"I do have a salary range in mind that I've determined based on research and taking into account my 10+ years of PR experience. I believe my experience level, qualifications, and multiple PR awards add value to my candidacy.  However, I'd like to wait to share my range until I learn more about the responsibilities and expectations of this role. I have 

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Deterring Your Answer but Highlighting Your Experience

no doubt if this is fit that we can determine a fair salary number.

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