Would you mind if somebody asks about your salary?
May 28, 2016 7:28am CST
Personally speaking, I will feel offended if someone asks me about my salary. The reason, there are some people are so comparing oneself if found out your real salary. I had experienced this in my former company and my colleagues are so busy about it. It would be also not good if a new friend will ask about it too. It is like they are measuring you up in terms of your capabilities at work. I am into a friendly competition. In most case, I compete with myself and not with the other colleagues. I think it is not healthy asking one’s salary. Photo Credit: https://pixabay.com/en/money-dollars-pocket-bank-income-548948/
25 people like this
• United States
28 May 16
I know exactly how you feel. Unfortunately, some people feel like they are entitled to know and ask everything about your life. I believe it is not a polite thing to ask; that is something that is the choice and prerogative of the person if he/she wants to share it or not. If I would be asked how much I earn or how much my salary is, I just smile and say, "Not as much as I want to, but just enough to pay the bills." And I leave it at that. Any follow up questions, I just ignore.
• Guangzhou, China
29 May 16
I will mind it if others asks me my salary. After all, it is very personal issue and it has nothing to do with them. So what's the point they ask it? Long time ago I worked in a company and then one day a colleague asked me what's my salary. Since at that time I just graduated from school for a short time and therefore I was less experienced. I told her and then next day she quit the job since she felt her salary was lower. So I really don't want to answer this question any more. If I have to say, I will say that it is not so much.
6 Jun 16
Well... Sadly I have only worked minimum wage jobs. So anyone who knows what min wage is for my province would know what I was making. And now I don't have a salary or hourly job because my online work comes and goes. If I was someone with a salary though I don't think I would want to talk about it. Money doesn't make the person after all.
6 Jun 16
I too agree with you. I prefer to keep some time private. There are lot of people who get jealous by comparing or they try to look down on you if they have better things. I have had lot of such experiences so i mostly give vague answer to such a questions.
4 Jun 16
Totally agree with you. Its unethical to ask someone's salary, unless it's asked in a hiring interview. It can also be a source of jealousy among colleagues, particularly those who tend to compare their performances among others. For me, what is important is you're being paid right in terms of your performance.
• United Kingdom
29 May 16
It's not 'the done thing' over here to talk about money, no-one ever asks what a friend earns. And somehow you can't help feeling that your worth as a person is being measured. That's why being an unpaid stay-at-home parent or carer feels so un-valued.
• Calgary, Alberta
29 May 16
O, I don't mind . . but I am going to tell a white lie . . a lie that makes my friends pity me instead of getting envious. I would tell an amount much lower than my actual pay. And one good thing is when we go to the bar or restaurant they surely shoulder the expenses.
• Bern, Switzerland
28 May 16
All depends,when l worked full time and earned very good, l had trouble revealing how much l earned, but now not able to work full time and living below poverty line, l don't really care because l know they will not ask me to buy coffee next time we are out lol
30 May 16
@miniam I think it is not also worth to compare one's salary in the workplace. I have a co-worker who keeps boggling me. Then I dropped the figures to him and he stopped asking it. There are some people who are so persistent. Once they had the information, they will feel pity over it.