Curious Acquaintance: What should I do when a friend asks about my salary?

Q: When I told a friend about my new job, she said, ‘Wow you must be making the big bucks now.’  Is nothing private anymore?  How should I respond?

A: Use humor or evasion to deflect this nosy query.  You might make a light joke, like “Not enough to pay Kaleigh’s next tuition bill!”  Or, try changing the subject: “I’m excited to take on so much new responsibility.”  It’s also perfectly all right to be direct and say, “I’d rather not talk about it.”  While it’s true that many formerly off-limits topics have become everyday fodder, that doesn’t mean you can’t politely declare a zone of privacy around your own paycheck.

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