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Salary Questions and Concerns

What is Your Desired Starting Salary?

When you get to the final stages of a job interview process, it is time to discuss a starting salary. Sometimes, employers will ask you what salary you are seeking, and other times, they will simply make you an offer. When asked what salary you are seeking, it is important to be knowledgeable about the market rate in your field, so that you do not overshoot or undershoot your target salary. On the right-hand side of this page, you will find some helpful resources for researching market rates for different fields. You will also need to take into consideration the city where you will be working, as the cost of living can differ dramatically around the country. If you get stuck, or have more questions, schedule an appointment with a career advisor to talk it over.

Negotiating an Offer

When an employer makes you an offer, it may be appropriate to negotiate your salary.  Negotiating salaries is challenging, and can be risky. As with answering the desired salary question, it is important to be knowledgeable about the market and your field before you begin negotiating. To get started, review the Negotiating Tips document on the right-hand side of this page. Be sure to check out the other resources on market salaries for your field to begin your research. If you need more help, schedule an appointment with a career advisor.