Q: I am graduating from college and just got my first job. I am very excited about it, but whenever I tell anyone, the first thing they ask is If you don’t mind me asking, how much are they paying you? I don’t feel comfortable answering that question. How do I get out of the situation politely? Thank you.’
A: Ask them right back, “Gosh! Why do you ask? I’m just so excited to be starting this great job. . .” and then go on and say something else about the job. It is only the most persistent person who will go back to the original question. If that happens, reply honestly, “Oh, I’m sorry, but I never talk about salaries and money.” and leave it at that, changing the subject so there is not an awkward silence.