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Is it inappropriate to ask people how much money they make?

  • Yes it is

    Asking anyone how much money they make is absolutely inappropriate unless you are trying to get a consumer loan or about to get married. How much money one makes is a right to privacy guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Credit agencies need to know your income, as does the Internal Revenue Service, for obvious reasons. No one will hand out a $1 million loan to someone who makes $10,000 per year.

  • Yes it is

    Asking anyone how much money they make is absolutely inappropriate unless you are trying to get a consumer loan or about to get married. How much money one makes is a right to privacy guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Credit agencies need to know your income, as does the Internal Revenue Service, for obvious reasons. No one will hand out a $1 million loan to someone who makes $10,000 per year.

  • Yes it is

    Asking anyone how much money they make is absolutely inappropriate unless you are trying to get a consumer loan or about to get married. How much money one makes is a right to privacy guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Credit agencies need to know your income, as does the Internal Revenue Service, for obvious reasons. No one will hand out a $1 million loan to someone who makes $10,000 per year.

  • Yes it is

    Asking anyone how much money they make is absolutely inappropriate unless you are trying to get a consumer loan or about to get married. How much money one makes is a right to privacy guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Credit agencies need to know your income, as does the Internal Revenue Service, for obvious reasons. No one will hand out a $1 million loan to someone who makes $10,000 per year.

  • No question about it, YES.

    Nothing ruins a friendship faster than friends asking how much money you make. What makes it worse is when they KNOW already and ask you just to humiliate you and laugh about it. You wouldn't like it if it were the other way around. Don't do it. There are some times when it's appropriate, like if the person recently got a great job or if they always need to borrow money, but in casual conversation? No way. I've asked people how much they make sometimes, but I'm nonjudgmental about it. Some people can be ridiculously nosy about this and pushy, and it disgusts me.

  • Yes,it is inappropriate to ask people how much they make.

    It has always been thought of as inappropriate to ask people how much money they make.This probably comes from the traditional courtesy that tries not to separate people on the basis of income but on the basis of merit which tries to put people on the same playing field as far as opportunity goes.

  • Yes, how much someone makes is a personal question.

    While it may be okay to ask how much someone makes in certain situations, like on an anonymous survey, it's otherwise rather rude to ask someone outright how much he or she makes at a job. It's possible that it will come up naturally in conversation, with that person bringing it up, but generally any money issues aren't suitable to talk about. It can come across as being nosy and prying into other people's business. It also shouldn't matter.

  • Unless It's For a Consumer Loan or Marriage

    Asking anyone how much money they make is absolutely inappropriate unless you are trying to get a consumer loan or about to get married. How much money one makes is a right to privacy guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Credit agencies need to know your income, as does the Internal Revenue Service, for obvious reasons. No one will hand out a $1 million loan to someone who makes $10,000 per year.

  • No, it's fun to talk about.

    No, it is not inappropriate to ask people how much money they make, because it helps us to learn about each other. In the old days, people did not talk about money and the issue was taboo. But today, people can talk about money issues. With communication, people can deal with their finances better.

  • People are curious

    While a person's financial status should be private if they choose to keep it that way, I think if it comes up in conversation or if a person is interesting in the information because it will help them then it is not inappropriate. I like knowing how much money I can potentially make in a job before I apply and/or accept it. I can't know this information without asking someone who currently works in that field.

  • Not asking is a cultural basis on which discrimination is based.

    A woman must know that her equally qualified and equal seniority male colleague is being paid before she can raise issue about gender discrimination (correspondingly racial or gender orientation). Likewise employees need to know what their CEOs are making when they negotiate salary because they're negotiating relative value to the company and they need that reference point to negotiate off of. We like to think that we're paid according to how qualified we are and how hard we work. But the truth is that we are paid according to our leverage and social standing (who we know - who we look like) at the negotiating table. Those who get paid the most benefit from a culture that discourages such knowledge because that reduces leverage.


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