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In an Application 

Some applications request salary history or expectations. Since most of your experience has consisted of part-time employment, internships or volunteer work, indicate the type of position, your time commitment, and whether it was an hourly wage or stipend when explaining your salary history.

During an Interview

Candidates should never ask about salary prior to the offer. This could convey that you are more concerned about money than the job.  Leave the salary discussion until the position has been offered.  If directly asked about salary expectations during an interview, let the employer know that you want to first make sure the position is a good match for both the candidate and employer and would prefer to talk more specifically about salary at another time.

Negotiating a Salary

Once you have received an offer, but before negotiating a salary with your future employer, do some background research. Check out the Cost of Living Calculator and make a budget for your expected expenses in your geographical area. The Salary Wizard from will also provide you with a range of salaries with the same position title and in your geographic location.  Make sure to check out a few different salary calculators to get a more informed conception and a better sense of what other companies are offering and what other employees are receiving to give you a baseline number. A few other options include:

    National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)  salary calculator.'s Cost of Living Calculator

Members of CP&R staff have been trained by the WAGE Project and offer a Start Smart workshop once each semester to practice salary negotiations and planning a budget.