How To Answer “What Are Your Salary Expectations?” (2021)

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 give them a set amount, instead provide them with a wide salary range
  • Do know your salary range (check the internet)
  • Try to be as self-assured & confident as possible