Cover Letter Salary Requirement | 8 free examples! - CV Plaza

Cover Letter Salary Requirement | 8 free examples!

From time to time, recruiters may request the applicants to disclose their salary requirements (SR) or range before the actual interview itself. In such cases, you should disclose it in a considered and diplomatic manner.

If, on the other hand, there is no such request from the recruiter you should never – and we do mean, never – disclose anything about your income; it is the quickest and fastest way to knock yourself out before even reaching the interview stage!

Why do recruiters ask me about my salary expectations?

Your salary requirement tells the recruiter whether you are…

  • Under-qualified (very low expectation)
  • Over-qualified  (very high expectation)
  • Just right for the job! (having the right expectation)

It is an excellent screen device and it makes the selection process much easier… for the recruiter.

If your expectation is too low, the recruiter might think you don’t value yourself or may not be capable to handle the job. Having said that, in some circumstances it may work to your advantage in which the company is looking for ways to save money and recruit only those that do not need a high payout.

Do I include my SR on my CV or Cover letter?

Whenever asked about your income needs, ideally make a note of it on your Cover Letter.

Minimum amount you’re willing to work for? Don’t mention it!

Narrowing down your SR to a single number is not a good idea at all because, simply put, it leaves you with no room for negotiation! This puts you in a very disadvantaged position because the employer will, undoubtedly, try to bring down your “minimum” salary requirement even further…

The best advice that we can give you on this matter is to look at the job position and then find the average pay for that particular job, in that particular location. Based upon your findings, give an average salary-range with some room for negotiation.

Salary Requirement Examples

The following are some of the right – and wrong – ways of disclosing your SR:

Salary Requirement Samples

    • My salary requirement is in the £40.000 – £50.000 range.
    • In response to your request, my salary requirement is somewhere in between £30k and £40k, depending on the job requirements and the benefits offered by {insert company name}.
    • Salary range: mid £40k to low £50k annually, plus benefits.
    • Low-to-mid £30K annually, plus additional benefits and bonuses.
    • Given my extensive experience in the Media Market, salary range of £29k – £36k per annum, depending on the scope and nature of the position and benefits offered.
    • My salary requirement is between £20.000 and £28.000. It is negotiable depending on additional benefits offered.

By the way; please do not make the same silly mistake as the unlucky candidate who wrote ‘the higher the better’ when asked about his salary requirement! It won’t work.