Salary History

Definition

The term salary history refers to a document provided to potential employers that summarizes the earnings of a job candidate over time.  Employers may ask a prospective employee to provide a salary history as part of the candidate screening process.

Explanation

Some potential employers may ask job candidates for their salary history.  Reviewing this information allows the employer to determine if a candidate is making in excess of what the job opening pays; presuming most candidates will not accept a decrease in pay.  Unfortunately, supplying this information provides the employer with an advantage when it comes to negotiating a salary.

A salary history will contain a minimum of information, including:

  • The name, dates of employment, and location of prior employers.
  • Job titles as well as starting and ending salaries.

One tactic the job candidate can take is to respond to this request by saying "I consider that information confidential.  The range of salary I'm looking for is $60,000 to $75,000."  Some employers may accept this response, while others will require a salary history.  Oftentimes this information is validated as part of the employment verification process.

Example

Below is an outline of the information a job candidate should provide to an employer if asked for their salary history:

Sammy J. Seeker
12 Rutgers Place
Mytown, Pennsylvania 08100
610-555-0100
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Salary History

Production Director
QVC, Inc. (2014 - Present)
Final Annual Salary:  $82,900
Starting Annual:  $79,500

Production Manager
Holtec International (2009- 2014)
Marlton, NJ
Final Annual Salary:  $65,900
Starting Annual:  $51,600

Call Center Supervisor
Entercom (2004 - 2009)
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Final Annual Salary:  $43,000
Starting Annual:  $33,700

Business Associate
AlliedBarton Security Services (1999 - 2004)
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Final Annual Salary:  $28,100
Starting Annual:  $12,000

Related Terms

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