Benefits and Downfalls of Salary Ranges in Job Postings

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As the new year approaches, many new laws will go into effect. Regarding employment law, one rule that will be new for some states is the requirement to post salary ranges in job postings.

Currently, a handful of areas already have this requirement, including:

  • Colorado;
  • Nevada;
  • Washington;
  • Connecticut (only if the employee asks for it);
  • New York City; and,
  • California (starting in 2023).

At this time, Arizona does not require employers to post a salary or salary range with job postings, but that could change in the future.

Even if it’s not required to post a salary range, many companies choose to do so still. However, there are benefits and drawbacks to doing so.

Benefits of Posting Salary Ranges

When a job has a salary range posted, potential employees can feel confident that they won’t be surprised about the pay for the job. For example, if a job posting has a salary range of $50,000-$70,000, and a person is offered that job, they should not expect to be paid less than $50,000. This is a significant benefit for job seekers and employers alike because if a potential employee does not want to work for that price range, they will most likely not apply for a job, therefore not wasting their time or a potential employer’s.

Downfalls of Posting Salary Ranges

A downfall of posting salary ranges is its impact on current employees. For example, if a job posting advertises a position for $50,000, but if an employee is working the same or similar position and getting paid less than $50,000, they may feel like their employer is slighting them. An employee could feel the job posting would be enough grounds to go to their employer and demand a raise, but that may or may not happen.

Questions About Your Salary?

Most people do not work for fun. Instead, they want to earn a paycheck to live a certain lifestyle. If you notice that a job posting for a position you’re in has a salary more than what you’re making now, you have every right to ask for a raise. Doing so, though, can be difficult on your own.

The Arizona employment lawyers at Barton Mendez Soto PLLC are ready to help you with questions regarding wage and hour violations. Some violations are blatant, while others are trickier to notice. Ultimately, you should be getting paid what you rightfully deserve, and our dedicated employment attorneys will fight for you. Reach out to us online or by phone to n start discussing your situation. (480) 418-0668

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