How to find your salary expectations

Salary inequity is reinforced by companies asking, "What are your salary expectations?" If you’re NOT a white man: I recommend asking *white men you trust, “What range do you think I should be targeting for XYZ job/work?” ⬇️

*=ideally, a white man who is at another company at a higher level than you/who would hire or own budget for someone who does what you want to be doing. So, if you’re a marketing manager, asking a marketing directors at other companies. Peers at other companies can work great, too, but a people-manager will have more insight usually to a broader range of comp. (Note that you’re not asking for someone’s salary, you’re asking them what range they think you should be targeting.)

High-integrity, diversity-honoring white men: Thank you. When you share this info, the person may play it cool, but may also be shocked. You’re raising consciousness and making positive ripples. Thank you.



Emma Garrett is an Executive Career Coach, helping high-integrity leaders position themselves for what’s next in work and life. Ready to start doing things differently? Consider scheduling a free call to share your situation and goals or checking out the resources at