Dmp is right. California law now prohibits employers from asking what your salary is. They can however ask you what your expectations are, and I usually tell them “well, that’s something I would ask you. What’s the range for this role all the way from the lower end to the highest?“ and by California law, whenever a candidate requests a range, the employer must respond with the range.
I believe as long as the candidate is located in California, and company has operations in California, they must a deer to California law. Also you may want to research whether Seattle or Washington has something similar. Never ever give out your range. They will always try and bring you in below the midpoint of your range
You don’t seem to be very experienced. How many years experience do you have? Giving out your range means you have shown your hand. Always get them to give you the range, which in California, is the law if you request it
In my third decade of working. Not sure why no one understands how to negotiate anymore but starting from a position of strength is most often a good thing. If you admit you do not understand your value you are leaving a lot of money on the table. Good luck!
They asked my expected comp and I just said I really don't know at the moment. They ended up coming back with an E4 offer which I felt was fair and I ended up accepting. I didn't end up negotiating the numbers, but I don't feel like they low balled me.