Q20: What are your salary expectations?

ROB DAVIS, P.E.


Q20: What are your salary expectations?

The short answer is, please first see my answer to the question, would you consider full-time employment?

The long answer is...

The implication: By asking me what my "salary expectation" is, you're implying I am able to set my own salary. FYI, the salaries of 'perm' employees are established by the end clients — not me. Like the rates of contractors, the salaries of 'perm' employees are established by the end clients. As end-users, THEY are the ultimate holders of the purse strings.

Good recruiters never press me for my "salary expectations"; they never keep me in the dark; they always disclose to me what their jobs are paying.

Every market is different: I don't have a one-size-fits-all salary for all markets, all employers, all states, all positions, and all job descriptions. My salary depends on what 'kind' of work it is, 'where' the job is, and 'who' the client is. My salary is negotiable depending on current market rates, expenses, location, and position. I'm aware of what the current salaries are nationwide, and expect offers within those market salaries for the area. I will negotiate with you on most items. But, "negotiate" doesn't mean "give away".

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