What Pay Transparency Laws May Mean for Your Next Salary Negotiation

What Pay Transparency Laws May Mean for Your Next Salary Negotiation
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MOAA’s career transition consultants always recommend doing your research before starting your salary negotiation. And that homework may be getting a little easier.


A fifth of all U.S. workers are covered by some type of pay transparency law as of Jan. 1, 2023, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article, with other sources pushing that figure even higher. A CNBC-compiled list of states and cities with pay transparency laws in place includes California, Maryland, and New York City, among other jurisdictions.


Some laws require employers to include salary ranges in job listings. Others require them to disclose a salary range after making a job offer, though some only make it mandatory if the applicant asks for a range.


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Analysts believe the trend toward pay transparency will continue. Even if you are already in your position, expect more conversations and greater clarity on roles and responsibilities, expectations, how your role contributes to the company's success, and ultimately how efforts are rewarded through direct compensation and other non-monetary benefits, such as flexible working arrangements.  


As companies and organizations compete with one another to attract and retain talent, having ongoing open and honest conversations about determining compensation will benefit both the employee and employer. Remember, the salary negotiation process should never be an adversarial one: The employer wants you to be happy, but it is up to you to effectively articulate the things that will give you the greatest job and personal satisfaction.


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About the Author

Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)
Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)

Anderson joined the staff of MOAA's Career Transition Services Department in August 2011. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in a wide range of command and staff assignments. Connect with him on LinkedIn.