Examples of Salary History Requirements Letters

Hirers are interested in salary history and salary requirements for multiple reasons. They need to know your market value. If your current salary is on the higher end of their budget, they may still consider your application. If you earn thousands more, though, it’s pointless responding to your application. Another reason is it determines how much bargaining power they’ll have in an interview.

Job applicants are hesitant to divulge this information. However, companies aren't breaking any laws when they request salary data solely from the applicant. If you fail to include the numbers, you have no legal recourse if they reject your application for being incomplete. One advantage of providing your salary history is that it indicates future earnings potential. This is important when discussing salary increments. If you ignore the request for your earnings history, you risk stumbling at the first hurdle.

Salary negotiations are stressful, so it's best that you’re upfront but flexible about money. When job advertisements require earnings history with an application, include this information in your cover letter or as a separate salary history letter that you enclose with your cover letter and resume.

A salary history cover letter

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Salary history is a record of past earnings. It can include bonuses and benefits too. It shows your career progress and gauges upwards earnings trends. You can't lie about your salary history because it’s not difficult to obtain the actual numbers. You can, though, word earnings data in a way that you score an interview while retaining some influence during salary discussions.

There are two ways to present your earnings - as an exact amount or within a range. In this email cover letter, the applicant gives their exact salary at the end of the letter. Providing a salary range in your cover letter instead of your exact salary helps to secure an invitation to interview. If the employer’s budget is on the lower end, they won’t pass on the application. Even though your actual salary is near or above their intended offer, your goal is to get your foot in the door through an interview. Then you’ll be able to impress them with your tech skills and knowledge and prove your worth. Take a more detailed salary history letter with you if the hirer requests one. More

A separate salary history letter

If you have a long earnings history, you may wish to prepare a separate document listing past salaries. List previous positions in reverse chronological order. State gross annual salary (before tax deductions, bonuses, and other remuneration.) Give your exact salary, stating starting and ending earnings, or provide a salary range. More

A salary requirements letter

A salary requirement is the money you expect to earn carrying out your duties for the company. Employers want to know the minimum you are prepared to work for. This allows them to filter through job applications and narrow down the field for the right candidate as soon as possible. The hiring process is expensive, so hirers can’t waste time and money interviewing unsuitable candidates. One reason an applicant is unsuitable is that they are too expensive.

Once more, your salary revelations will affect interview opportunities. If your salary requirement is low, you’ll receive an invitation to interview, but the hirer will attempt to negotiate an even lower package. A high salary requirement risks losing their interest. Reduce lost opportunities through the way you present the information.

  • Give an expected salary range in your cover letter. In the above template, you could write, “My expected salary is between $65,000 and $75,000.”

  • To show flexibility, add, “This is negotiable dependent on job responsibilities and other compensation options.”

When you present your salary requirement as a range, prepare to negotiate from the lower end. The hirer will try to nail down the cheapest possible deal. If they insist on the minimum, there are other benefits worth negotiating to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. More


Be realistic with your salary demands. Research salary averages for your position and take into account location, experience, and other influential factors. It’s possible to find employment information for tech jobs online or through your network.

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