You applied to your dream job, received a call-back for an interview, and the company offered you the job. Congratulations!

Now they’ve asked you what you want to make – and you don’t want to either jeopardize the job offer or undersell yourself. To find out exactly what the salary spectrum is for the position located in _X_ City- Check out and

Here are additional Military-to-Civilian Transition Resources:

1. “I’m asking for [amount] a year.” This is the most straightforward answer, and it may be the most difficult thing to say in a discussion about a job offer. There’s a little art to the number you throw out first and the conversation that follows but remember this isn’t a negotiation to buy a used car. Of course, you are going to try to get the highest salary you can, but being unrealistic, pushy or acting entitled will contribute to your reputation. As a general rule, start about 10 to 15 percent above your desired number to give yourself some room.

A question about salary should never take you by surprise. Once you get called for an interview, you should begin considering your minimum requirements for working at the company that called you. After your interview, start your own personal salary needed research, which should be based on your military salary, the cost of living (including rent, which was previously covered by BAH), civilian expenses like healthcare, and any adjustments for paying taxes on your whole income rather than a salary or additional responsibilities. That way you have a number in mind if someone offers you the job – and when you tell them your number, you can explain how you got there so you don’t look like you’re asking for the moon.