How To Answer “What Are Your Salary Expectations?” (2022)

Do you have an upcoming job interview? Make sure you know how to answer the “What are your salary expectations?” or “What do you want to earn?” interview questions!

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Example Answer

“Well, at this point I need to know quite a bit more about what the job entails and the responsibilities that go along with it before I can give you an accurate answer on that, however I will consider any reasonable offer.”

In some cases, they want to hear what you’d consider as a reasonable offer, then you can answer it like this:

That depends on the salary range for this position at your company. I mean, you are in a much better position to know how much I’m worth to you than I am.”

Some employers will still want to hear specific numbers. Then I’d suggest you provide a wide salary range:

“Well, based on my qualifications and knowledge of the industry, I’d consider a reasonable price range in between the [$X] and [$Y] annually, depending on details.”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t blame the interviewer for asking this question. They usually want to ensure your salary expectations are in line with their set budget.
  • Don’t ignore other compensation options. Some candidates focus too much on the actual paycheck and forget about other benefits such as additional PTO, shares in the company or additional health benefits.
  • Do avert the question early on in the hiring process. It’s better to deflect the question until you know more about the job responsibilities and whether it’s a position you are actually interested in.
  • Do know the appropriate salary range for your position, experience, educational background, region and industry. Find out what you should earn using the free salary range calculators on the internet.
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