Can employers verify a salary history?

Written by anna green
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As a matter of law, a prospective employer may ask a job candidate for a salary history. The employer may also make an attempt to verify this information by conducting independent research or asking the applicant to provide documentation to back up his statements. Employers may also request permission to perform a credit check on applicants to get a clearer picture of the applicant's financial history.

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Government Jobs

If you worked at a government job, an employer may verify your salary if it is based on the general federal pay scale. The salaries of many government positions are also a matter of public record.

Private Employers

If you have only been employed by private companies, a prospective employer may not access your records at the Internal Revenue Service or Social Security to verify your past earnings.

Reference Checks

Employers often verify your salary history by calling the employers listed on your resume.

General Research

Employers can get a general idea of your salary history by researching the average salaries for your previous positions given your education, location and level of experience.

Grounds for Termination

Even though it can be difficult for employers to get a complete salary history for a job candidate, misstating your salary history while applying for a job can be grounds for termination later on if your company later discovers your lies or omissions.

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