how to tackle current compensation question

New coch
Dec 8, 2019 15 Comments

im in socal, med devices. payscales are wildly different than Bay are or seattle. currently interviewing for Amazon Seattle. recruiter/team based in bay area. can they ask for my current compensation or expectation being in CA? if yes, whats the best strategy to tackle this question. (i dont want my current TC to affect their offer)

TC: 115K
YOE: 12 (I know)

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  • Google abtr
    They shouldn't and can't legally ask.

    They can ask how much you want, and that depends on the level and role. Check levels.fyi and ask on the high end
    Dec 8, 2019 5
    • New coch
      OP
      Im interviewing for a certain role. At what point will i know what exact level it maps to? Should i ask before/during onsite? Or is it mentioned on offer.
      Dec 8, 2019
    • Google abtr
      You should figure out if you're interviewing for a senior position or sde2 or principle or whatever. They should tell you before the interview to help you prepare anyway
      Dec 8, 2019
    • New coch
      OP
      Senior SQA
      Dec 8, 2019
    • Google ppeC15
      To follow up on this, not only are companies not allowed to ask what you’re earning, they have to disclose the range of compensation for the position when you ask. So turn the question back on them. One way I like to deflect is to say that I look at an offer holistically and then ask about all the aspects of compensation and benefits of the position.
      Dec 8, 2019
    • New coch
      OP
      Great advice, and yes i do indeed tend to look at it holistically.
      Dec 8, 2019
  • Amazon OMwD10
    It depends on the negotiation stage. What worked for me before was to just say something polite like you are paid at certain percentile of your role and expect it’s similar or higher in the range. If they push once, you can say you are happy to discuss specifics when the time comes. If they push another time, you can repeat yourself politely. In negotiation, they know you are responsible for your own sake in hiding info and they are gathering as much as info as they can. It’s a fair game. So the fact that you don’t want to reveal your facts is absolutely ok.
    Dec 8, 2019 0
  • Netflix alphacoder
    “This information is covered by my NDA”
    Dec 8, 2019 1
  • Amazon on-call
    'Negotiation' chapter on John Sonmez's "Soft Skills for software engineer" book has some really good points.
    Dec 8, 2019 1
    • New coch
      OP
      Listening on audible rn. Great stuff.
      Dec 8, 2019
  • Optum stemmer
    I am hearing this the first time - that recruiters can't legally ask you for your current compensation. Is this true for all of US or only some states? What about Austin, Texas?
    Dec 8, 2019 1
    • New coch
      OP
      California for sure cannot ask somce the last few years
      Dec 8, 2019
  • New ezRU40
    When I left a startup with very low TC, I told recruiters my TC was way under market, so it was not relevant. I immediately talked about how much I was expecting from other companies I was interviewing with.
    Dec 8, 2019 0
  • Optum stemmer
    hmm.....let me search about Texas
    Dec 8, 2019 0

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