The Tricky Topic: Refusing the Salary Question


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — If you’re interviewing for a job, you may expect to answer questions about your work experience and goals. But what should you do if an employer wants to know about your previous salary? Nearly half of Americans say they’ve been asked about their pay history at a job interview.

Answering questions is your “job” at a job interview. But what if you’re asked about how much money you make?

New research from Payscale shows men and women might want to take different approaches to answering the salary question. Women who refused to disclose what they make earn less than women who offer the info. But men get paid more if they refuse to disclose their salary. A warning however, some employers will not offer a job to those who refuse to answer this question. But this attitude is seen as perpetuating long-term pay inequity and may soon be outdated. A new Massachusetts law, which takes effect in July 2018, bans local companies from asking about salary history before offering a job. New York City has also passed similar legislation.

The same Payscale research also found that older workers seem more comfortable declining to answer. About 28 percent of baby boomers have refused to give their salary compared to just 18 percent of millennials. Before an interview, visit sites like,,, and to get insight on the salary range for the position.

Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.

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