How do I explain that I've never had a salary?
August 17, 2012 3:01 PM Subscribe
My salary history is ridiculous and piecemeal, in part due to working abroad for much less money than I would have made in the U.S. and also just being generally underpaid. I am not opposed to disclosing it to employers when asked, but am afraid the complexity would be a turn-off. How do I signal to employers that I'm not trying to be coy but that I don't really have a salary history that is going to be useful for them in determining my potential salary?
posted by dahliachewswell to Work & Money (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Brief overview of my work history:
--AmeriCorps (made less than minimum wage doing "service")
--Outdoor Ed teacher (hourly pay during a school year contract)
--Volunteered for a year in developing country (lived on savings)
--Worked part-time in same developing country (when converting from local currency, would have been an annual salary of $1,560 which is just nonsensical out of context, but I still gained valuable admin. experience which I would like to include on resume)
So, how do I say: "Yeah, don't worry about it, I've never really had a salary but I do have a lot of experience. I'm sure what you're offering will be fine?"