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Re: Salary information in job ads Rogelio Hinojosa 30 Aug 2002 19:42 UTC

In my own experience,  job salaries are not usually specified in job
advertisements from private universities. Librarians positions in American
public universities usually list the salary range.  But there are always
exceptions in each case,

At 11:24 AM 8/30/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>This idea that lack of discussion of salary is a widespread US thing is
>not entirely true. as a native-born  American I can tell you that salary
>is important and this inhibition to discuss such things is very odd, and
>appears to be an employer oriented issue.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Qin Tang [mailto:qin.tang@DOT.STATE.MN.US]
>Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 10:23 AM
>Subject: Re: Salary information in job ads
>In my opinion , the salary issue is culture related.
>People in the US pay much attention to their privacy. They don't talk
>about their salaries with each other in the workplace, or even in their
>own families. People who work together and do the same job usually don't
>get paid the same salary, depending on experience, seniority, etc. The
>employers don't want their employees know what everyone else is making,
>both in public sector, and more seriously in private sector. Otherwise
>there will be lots of unhappy people in the workplace.
>So people have their privacy by not talking about salaries with each
>other, and employers have more happy employees because they simply don't
>know they might be underpaid in comparison with other colleagues. It's a
>"win-win" situation for everyone. That's why I am not surprised that
>salary information is often not listed in the job ads.
>In my native country, China, salary is not a secret. People talk openly
>about it. At least it was the case when I was in China until 1986.  It
>might be changing now, since the country is more modernized and
>westernized in the last few years, and the gap between the rich and the
>poor is getting bigger. But generally speaking, in our culture, people are
>more open talking about money and less sensitive about their privacy.
>Qin Tang
>Technical Services Librarian
>Minnesota Dept. of Transportation Library
>395 John Ireland Blvd.
>St. Paul, MN 55155
>651-297-2354 (fax)

Rogelio Hinojosa
Acquisitions Librarian
Texas A&M International University
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