How do you compose a statement of salary requirements? Should it be in the cover letter? Should there be a salary range?

Asked by Maura on August 6, 2012

- If you are not being asked to provide the information ahead of time, I would suggest you do not list it anywhere and you wait until you are asked for the information during the interview or during the negotiation stage of the offer. You don't ever want to rule yourself out based on your salary requirements being too low or too high. 

- If the job you are applying for is asking to submit salary requirements, companies will usually tell you to please include in your cover letter or in the email (if that is how you are submitting). It will depend on if you are applying for a job that is commensurate with the experience and education that you bring to the table, as well as location.

An example of how I've done this in the past is to state, "My previous salary for my job as <corporate HR Manager for this X size, X revenue company> was $XX,XXX. However, my expectations for this position based on X title, etc... would be in the range of $xx - $xx." Or if you aren't comfortable stating a range, especially if you are applying for a job that is an increase in responsibility - you might could say, "However, I would expect that my salary would increase in proportion with the responsibilities and commensurate with my knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience that I bring to the table."  
 

Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on August 7, 2012

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The cover letter and resume shouldn’t have salary requirements attached to it.  More often than not, this information will give a hiring manager a reason to remove you from consideration.  The most important goal with a resume and cover letter is to gain an interview.  Some applications will ask for salary requirements.  If you must enter in a number, the safest expectation is that you can make a 10%-15% jump from your current base when moving from origination to organization.  If you are asked in person about your salary requirements I would;
A) state your requirements in a range.
B)  Offer your current salary and an expectation of a 15% increase.
Or
C)  Offer your expectation and immediately ask if that falls into their range.

Answered by Chris, Hiring Expert at The Schwan Food Company, on August 10, 2012

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Your salary requirements should not be included in your cover letter or resume. Some employment applications will ask what your salary was at each position listed on the application. Be sure to put the correct salary down for your prior positions and not inflate it on your application because a background check will reveal your correct salary. Any falsification of your application would take you out of the running for the position or cause any offer that had been extended to possibly be rescinded.  If asked to give your salary requirements, I would recommend either giving a range, or stating what your current salary is and that you would be looking for something commensurate with the requirements of the position and commensurate the skills and experience you bring to bear.

Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on August 22, 2012

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Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on January 8, 2013

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