Do I have to give a salary history?
May 5, 2010 10:40 AM Subscribe
Interviews for a potential new job have gone well, but the process can't proceed unless I provide a salary history. I don't want to because I believe I'm underpaid and don't want that to affect the salary at a new job.
I've had several interviews for a web application developer position with a Bay Area software company. After the interviews went well they had me fill out an application, which asked for a salary history and requirements. I left that blank and wrote "see resume" for the work history.
Their HR director emailed me saying that they're "enthusiastic about [my] candidacy" but they're unable to progress without my salary history. Since I feel I'm underpaid
(basics below) at my current position and moving from a public sector job to the private sector, I don't want to get a low offer based on my current salary. How do I respond?
I'm a web developer at one of the University of California campuses. I've been doing web work since 1995 and middleware/database-driven web application development for over eight years. My current salary's 77K (but lower now due to furloughs). The average salary at my UC campus for my position is 94,700. I've checked several salary survey websites and the midpoint for web application developers in the San Francisco Bay Area is about $95K. In my job search I've seen Bay Area developer positions in the $100-110 range.