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I am applying for an associate in-house general counsel position in the Midwest, and I am confronted with the age-old question of “desired salary.” What are your suggestions and theories on how to answer?

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There are a lot of threads on this in the in-house bowl that may be more specific depending on where in the Midwest, your experience, years out of school, type of company, etc. TLDR: avoid answering and ask their range. If you have to put down a number Robert half or Glassdoor can give you benchmarks.

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Do you know the average compensation for the size and industry of the company? Say a number in that ballpark and follow with the fact that you’d love to hear about the total compensation package, including vacation/pto policy, healthcare, etc.

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Punt. Say you need to know more about the company and compensation structure to adequately answer that question (e.g. what is expected bonus? Is there any equity? Retirement funding? Etc.).

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"Market"

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Willing to negotiate.

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Competitive salary.

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