How Do You Answer, How Much Do You Make?
Here’s how four respondents to Marketplace’s survey on the subject answered the Q:
“While I don’t bring it up voluntarily, my salary is a matter of public record. I can’t hide it from friends and family if they want to look it up.” —Cristobal Palmer
“It’s not enough to hide, believe me.” —Jeff Bray
“I do not think it is polite to discuss income. I do not want them to pity me for how little I make.” —Becky Greene,
“I think if I made more than my friends and family, I’d probably be less likely to talk about it.” —Halle E.
I can’t think of the last time I was asked this question, actually—I’m usually doing the asking—but in person I just answer the question, because: WHY NOT. On the INTERNET, where THINGS LIVE FOREVER AND EMPLOYERS SEE ALL, I say something diplomatic about whatever my current gig is (“WOULD THAT I COULD SAY, BUT I SIGNED A THING SAYING I WOULDN’T) but will disclose past salaries on a case-by-case basis based upon the likelihood of being sued for such (which I’ve decided is mostly zilch).