Job seekers have many complaints when it comes to the current job market. One of them is ghosting by recruiters and hiring managers, another is the lengthy interview process and one of the biggest is the lack of salary transparency within the description and throughout the interview process.

Why companies don’t show the salary ranges in job postings?

There are several reasons why companies may not list salary ranges in job postings. One reason is lack of transparency; companies may not want to reveal their internal salary structures or be seen as inflexible. Another reason is to avoid setting unrealistic expectations; if a company posts a salary range that is too low, they may not get any qualified candidates, but if it is too high, they may overpay. A third reason may be that it can make negotiation more difficult. If both parties know the exact range, it can be harder to come to an agreement on a specific number. However, if only one party knows the range, it can give them an advantage in negotiations.

How not disclosing salary impacts job seekers?

There are some negative impacts that come with not disclosing the salary range for jobseekers. They are as follows.

  1. Many job seekers underestimate their worth when it comes to negotiating salaries. Without knowing the salary range for a position, they may ask for less than they are actually worth. This could result in them leaving money on the table and being paid less than they deserve.
  2. In today’s job market, it’s important to make sure you don’t price yourself out of a potential job. If you overestimate the salary range for a position, you could miss out on getting an offer. With competition for jobs being so high, employers are often looking for ways to save money. So if your salary requirements are significantly above their budgeted range, you may be immediately disqualified.
  3. Job seekers may waste time applying for jobs that can’t afford them. If job seekers don’t know the salary range upfront, they might spend time applying for jobs that are outside of their salary preference. Applying randomly and blindly is not only a waste of time but can also be frustrating and disheartening.

The benefits of not showing the salary range for the employer?

  1. By not disclosing the salary range upfront, employers can weed out candidates who are overqualified (and thus likely to command a higher salary). This saves time and effort in the recruiting process.
  2. If job seekers don’t know the salary range upfront, employers have more negotiating power when it comes to salaries. This could result in employers saving money on salaries.
  3. By not disclosing the salary range, employers can attract a wider pool of candidates, including those who might otherwise be priced out of the job.

 How can companies be more transparent about salary ranges?

I believe that companies can be transparent about salaries when posting job openings. Instead of providing a specific salary figure, they could list a salary range. They should also be clear about the factors that will affect the final salary offer, such as experience and qualifications. In addition, companies should communicate their commitment to pay equity and fair compensation practices. They could also highlight the benefits and perks that are part of the total compensation package. Finally, they should encourage open and honest dialogue about salaries during the hiring process.


As more and more states pass laws requiring companies to list salaries in job descriptions, it’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to take this step voluntarily. Not only does it prevent the federal government from having to step in and make it a law, but it also creates a feeling of transparency and trustworthiness that potential employees will appreciate. Hiding salaries can give the impression that a company has something to hide, which is not the kind of reputation most businesses want.