What do you indicate when they ask "Salary Requirement"?



I have applied to a few places who ask "Salary Requirement"?

What is the purpose of this? Don't they know their budget or is this a way

to weed out the expensive? I did not want to put too little or too much but geeze...

They also ask for a specific figure and not leave the answer blank.

Thanks in advance:nurse:


Good question. Bc i never know what to put either, i usually write something like: negotiable, or flexible. Lol but dont take my advice bc i havent gotten one of those jobs. But i really hate to leave something blank on an app. Esp in nursing since we should try not to have blanks in documentation. Id be interested in what others say


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Great question, just wanted to post so i can follow. I usually write "negotiable" or something similar, too, especially if i have just moved to a new state, i have no idea what that hospital pays their nurses.

but, maybe there are better ideas than "negotiable" ?

Plus, if i were to put in a number, i am not great at negotiating, but, i always heard, start a bit higher than you'd actually settle for, so i get confused, put what number i'd actually take,

or, start a bit higher?

HOPE YOU GET A LOT OF REPLIES TO THIS!! I think you are not the only one who is unsure of best answer to that very common job app question!!!!

Specializes in ICU, Stepdown ICU, CCRN.. Has 10 years experience.

I usually put 17 -20 dollars if required to put an amount. You might want to see if you can find out the average salary for a newcomer and put something around that amount. I honestly would take a job for $17/hour, as that would be a vast improvement from what I make now. Be honest. I am not sure if I helping or harming my chances. But, I say put down the amount you'd truly accept and work hard for.


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Specializes in OB.

I put a range of what is normal/ acceptable for my experience and area. My last job interview I put 27-30 dollars an hour. I got the job and my salary was in that range.

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Specializes in Pedi. Has 16 years experience.

The purpose of it, I believe, is to see if your requirements match what they are willing to pay. If your minimum salary is $40/hr and they are only willing to pay $25/hr, they are saving both of you a lot of time and aggravation by eliminating you based on that. They don't want to waste time interviewing a nurse who will never be willing to work for what they're willing to pay. I answer that question honestly. When I was applying for jobs earlier this year, I put my expected salary in the $30-$32/hr range since at my old job I was making approximately $31/hr. I wasn't willing to take much of a pay cut and ended up finding a job that fit everything I was looking for.


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Thanks guys for the replies. I was told not to leave it blank on the application. I wrote the lowest salary

that I'd be comfortable working for. Needless to say, I haven't heard back from any of them lol:yawn:



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Has 6 years experience.

I put what I was making at my previous job. Apparently nobody wants to pay that now (17.51/hour) and if they ask I do say that is negotiable. If asked about my lowest acceptable salary I tell them what I started making 5 years ago with no experience and ask for a dollar an hour more than that--I don't want to go backward in my earnings.

Pricharilla- yes! Exactly what i try to go for but couldnt word. Always wanted to say: whatever is reasonable for a person with my experience level or something, but seeing as thats way too much to write and doesnt sound professional, i write negotiable. Thank you!

Specializes in Acute Care Psych, DNP Student. Has 4 years experience.

Have you ever heard the expression he or she who speaks first loses?

Specializes in Med Tele, Gen Surgical. Has 4 years experience.

I guess I might be so gutsy as to contact HR and ask what the starting wage is for a new grad RN in acute care. A number of larger hospitals hire new grads in waves and have a standard start wage for all of them. If you do this, you have an idea of where to start, e.g. add on extra for your years of experience or specialty. Maybe start the phone call with "I have an interview with so and so and have a few basic questions about your standard compensation package...."