Linked Questions

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Why are salaries typically not public knowledge? [duplicate]

I might be the first person in history to ask this, but... Why are salaries typically forbidden to talk about, forbidden to disclose? In most companies there is a staggering lack of transparency ...
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Can I tell my coworker my salary? [duplicate]

In the USA there is a strong and widespread taboo against sharing details of your salary with co-workers. Many company handbooks explicitly prohibit it. But to my knowledge, it's only cultural; I don'...
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Is compensation something to be discussed openly? [duplicate]

Do companies, as a general rule, make information available to employees about what each job position pays? I always thought that revealing such info can motivate people, but what is the standard ...
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Talking to other candidates during salary negotiation with the employer? [duplicate]

I received a return offer after my internship and am in the negotiation phase. Is it appropriate to reach out to my intern friends to discuss the offer? I currently don't know whether they also got a ...
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Brother-in-law earns same salary for a much simpler job in family business

I work for a small family business which consists of four employees. My father co-owns the business with another developer who is not related to us. I am a developer who reports to the co-owner. My ...
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4answers
71k views

How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for?

I'm looking for a comprehensive answer to this question, not short answers that just tell me one piece of the equation. The ideal answer should include: How can I determine the average salary rate ...
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6answers
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Should I encourage my coworkers to share their salaries with each other?

Objectively speaking, the only party that would not benefit from everyone knowing what everybody else earns (specially people in similar positions) is the employer. Yet, there's a stigma about it. ...
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Does empirical research indicate that salary discussions between coworkers cause problems?

A previous question asked whether or not discussion of salaries should be encouraged. I have a different question, which asks for meaningful research on the subject of whether or not salary ...
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3answers
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How do I deal with finding out that my underperforming teammate makes more than I?

So I have this teammate who is much older than I which is probably the reason why he earns more than I. He has tons of experience on other aspects of software engineering but when it comes to iOS ...
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3answers
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How do I go about asking my employer about the salary range for a position?

I want to know what the salary ranges are for different levels at my workplace. Is it OK to ask HR that sort of question? Is it common? I'm curious because a position that is similar to mine was ...
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3answers
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In US is it common for to keep offer letter/employment contract confidential?

I'm not from the US and not familiar with its labor laws. I applied with a company as a software developer that would work on 4-5 month contracts with its clients. There were some red flags, like how ...
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4answers
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What should I do about pay disparity? [duplicate]

I just started a software job right out of school and have only been here a couple months. I found out another new hire with my same title and similar academic background (statistics for me, cognitive ...
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Why is it bad to compare salaries among peers [duplicate]

I have read on several occasions that it's bad to compare your salary to your peers. I feel that this is often said to those with a below-average pay grade to prevent them from feeling bad about ...
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1answer
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I had the best performance review on the team, but another colleague was promoted [closed]

I am a web developer in a large financial institution (~1,5k employees). Our team is composed of 3 developers and 1 supervisor. I have worked really hard in the last 3 years, including unpaid ...
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2answers
600 views

Can my new employer stop me from talking about salary? [closed]

Some background: I worked at a small startup in Utah for the last year and half. We were recently acquired, and we were told that we'd have our offer letters sent to us and that we could negotiate ...