How to Answer Salary Interview Questions

Questions about salary in a job interview can be very tricky, and deflecting the question is only one of several strategies that will assist you in securing the next level of interviews. Job seekers often choose to shy away from mentioning a figure when asked because if the figure is too low they may well end up leaving money on the table. An important way to be prepared for these discussions is to know what you are worth in the marketplace as you prepare for the job interview.


If you are not quite sure what you are worth in today’s employment marketplace, speak to people who are employed in the field. When talking to people who are working in the field, ask questions that will yield answers to these typical salary interview questions:


  1. How much do you expect to get paid? 
  2. What are your salary requirements?
  3. What were you making in your last role?


People working in the field, who are doing or have done the type of work you are interested in doing will know the salary ranges and they will also know what’s fair compensation. When you are prepared for the interview you will be able to intelligently speak about the differences and similarities of responsibilities between your last job and the one that you are interviewing for.


Another option for finding out your market value is to analyze salary surveys, as well as use the Occupational Outlook Handbook, The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ resource of data job descriptions and wage estimates. Other excellent options are, and


By conducting research to discover your market value you will be better prepared to answer salary interview questions and you will have an alternative to deflecting the question, which doesn’t always work.


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