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Just because we’re not supposed to discuss our salary with our coworkers doesn’t mean that we don’t wonder about it.This is especially true if we think that we’re getting underpaid.
Trading salary information seems like a rational way to solve this problem, but discussing such an explosive topic with someone who’s technically your competition could run the risk of stirring up some jealousy or distrust issues.
In her article at Forbes, Catey Hill suggests the perfect — and safest — situation where you can discuss salaries with your coworkers: If that person leaves or gets promoted.
It’s less risky that something will go wrong, because that person is “no longer in competition with you for the job.” However, they are still equipped with the information that you need. If you know someone who is close in age, has similar professional experience with you and has recently left the company, you can always seek that person out if you honestly think the information will benefit you.
And of course, you can always go the safe route and use sites like glassdoor.com to see what the average salaries are for someone with a similar title to your own.
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