Salary Requirement Letter
A salary requirement letter is a letter to your prospective employer that lets the employer know what salary you require for performing the job. A good salary requirement letter allows you to appear professional to the recruiter and leaves you negotiating room, while a bad salary requirement letter can knock you out of consideration for the job.
To draft a salary requirement letter, you will need:
- Computer or typewriter with ink
- Copy of employment ad or offer for reference
- Identity yourself along the top of or on the upper-left hand corner of the letter. Include your name, address and contact information, such as your phone number and email. The employer must be able to easily match your salary requirements with your resume. Type the letter so the letter is easy to read and professional.
- Date the letter on the left-hand side of the letter. Space the date two lines under your contact information's orientation.
- Type the employer's information on the left-hand side of the letter. Space the information four or five lines down from where the date is situated. Include the name of the person who is doing the hiring. Use "Human Resources Department" or similar phrasing if you do not know the person's name. Use the full address for the company.
- Type a greeting, such as "Dear (Name of Hiring Manager)." Space the greeting two lines down from the business address. Use a colon after the last word in the greeting.
- Type a brief paragraph describing your salary requirements. Include a yearly salary range, such as $35,000 to $45,000. Do not use a solid figure. Note that the salary is negotiable, depending on the other forms of compensation the company offers. Check online salary estimators for the job type and your are if you are unsure what the customary salaries for the job are.
- Thank the employer for the job consideration as an end greeting. Space the end greeting two lines down from the salary paragraph.
- Space down three or four lines from the end greeting. You will sign your name in pen in this space.
- Type in your full name. Make sure you sign the letter above your typed name before sending the salary requirement letter to the hiring department.