When you are requested by a potential employer to include your salary requirements in your cover letter, be prepared by knowing your worth. Using your knowledge around what salary is commensurate with your skills and experience will give you an edge in writing your cover letter.
However, you may occasionally find during your job search that a potential employer will require you to include your salary requirements in the initial cover letter. Typically, this request is designed to ensure that the employer is only considering candidates whose salary requirements fall within the range they have budgeted for the role.
In this instance, there is no way around it: you must include a salary range in your cover letter. But how do you make a cover letter that mentions your salary needs without eliminating yourself from the position right out of the gate? Read our example cover letter with salary requirements below, to get some ideas on how you can write your own.
And for more about negotiating your salary, check out our article Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid, which explains how to negotiate the best salary possible.
Example Cover Letter with Salary Requirements:
Dear Ms. Kindig,
My varied customer service and training experience, along with my extensive educational background, make me an ideal candidate for the corporate trainer position posted in the Careers section of your website. Much of my previous work experience has been in customer service, and the tools and techniques I have learned from this industry transfer directly to the skills outlines in your job post, including effective written and verbal communication, facilitating group discussions, problem solving, developing rapport, organizing, meeting goals, and managing groups.
My extensive educational background, bachelor’s degree in marketing, and postgraduate work in teaching and counseling will help me add new perspectives and ideas to your department. I know I can be a key player on your training team, and I would like the chance to prove that to you.
Per your request, an acceptable salary range for this job, based on the description and my research, is 50-55K, not including benefits or supplements. My requirement is flexible and negotiable, depending on such factors as additional benefits, the opportunity to earn bonuses, and opportunities for advancement. Thank you for your time and consideration.
For more information related to salary and salary negotiation, check out our article Salary Negotiation and Job Offer Tools and Resources for Jobseekers.
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For certain jobs, recruiters may request the applicants to disclose their salary requirements before attending the interview.
Although this may seem quite awkward, however, it is often done for legitimate reasons and it is therefore advisable that you do disclose this information on your cover letter in a considered and diplomatic manner.
Warning: If there is no such request from the prospective employer, you should never disclose anything about your wages; 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?
Asking about your salary requirements allows the prospective employer to get a better idea of what you’d like to earn and how that will fit in with the role that is being advertised. It may be that you are under-or-over qualified for the position, and that will could potentially be deduced from your answer.
It is also an effective way of measuring your self-worth.
If your expectation is too low, the recruiter might think you that don’t value yourself or that may not be able to properly function in the job. In certain circumstances, however, this may work in your favour; particularly in a small company which is looking for ways to save money and recruit only those that do not require a high payout.
On the flip side, having a very high expectation means that you are either overqualified for the position, or that you are unrealistic about the scope of the advertised position.
It is, therefore, essential that you give a figure that is reasonable.
So, what is the minimum amount you’re willing to work for?
Narrowing down your salary requirement to a single figure is not a good idea. 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” offer even further.
- Step 1: Find out the average wage for the job that you’re applying for in that particular area (e.g. £20k)
- Step 2: Based on the above information, establish a salary range of +/- 10% (e.g. 18k – 22k).
- Step 3: Slightly adjust this salary range depending on your income goals and worth in the job market, leaving some room for negotiation and flexibility (see examples below).
Good & bad examples
The following are some of the right – and wrong – ways of disclosing your salary expectations:
More recommended examples that you could include on your cover letter:
- 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.
- My salary requirement is in the £40.000 – £50.000 range.
- 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 expectation is between £20.000 and £28.000. It is negotiable depending on additional benefits offered.
Nice try: One unlucky candidate wrote ‘the higher the better’ when asked to disclose their salary requirement! Needless to say, they weren’t invited for a job interview.