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.
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:
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.
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
QVC, Inc. (2014 - Present)
Final Annual Salary: $82,900
Starting Annual: $79,500
Holtec International (2009- 2014)
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
AlliedBarton Security Services (1999 - 2004)
Final Annual Salary: $28,100
Starting Annual: $12,000
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