SalaryShare.me is an application used to compare a user’s salary to that of friends or coworkers without invading anyone’s privacy. It provides results in a list from highest to lowest salary.Show more screenshots »
The site was very recently launched by Job4Dev – an online job board. The application was inspired by a blog post on www.thurn.ca called “The Programmer Salary Taboo”. The post outlines how uncomfortable people are about sharing salary information, yet we are all curious for various reasons. In fact, the post points out that Microsoft requests that people who receive job offers keep the salary offers confidential. Salary talk is largely taboo, so SalaryShare seeks to offer up the information to specific groups with anonymity assured to decrease awkwardness, but satisfy curiosity.
Very little information is available regarding the traffic of the application, as it has only been online for a few months.
SalaryShare supposedly allows users to view others’ salaries without awkward conversation in an anonymous way. Glassdoor, a similar site, only offers general information, not specific salaries from a user-created pool.
There is very little to the site. Users enter a name for a secret salary pool and click to create it. Then a web page is created for the salary pool. Only people with the address can visit the page and then disclose their salary completely anonymously. The site indicates that after a minimum number (not noted specifically on the front page) of people are in the pool, the user will be able to see all of the anonymous disclosures.
Once the pool is created, the user enters his or her annual salary. After they receive at least 4 participants, they will reveal results and the user will be able to view their rank.
A URL is provided for the pool on the next page. This page also indicates that the app will “see how everyone else is doing”. It is not clear from the text on this page whether the user is expected to share the URL or if SalaryShare is going to somehow seek results. For this review, the reviewer shared the URL on Facebook to obtain some input for results viewing. Three people entered their salaries and results were provided in list form from highest to lowest amount. Based on this, it appears that the user must form the pool.
Since the creator of the salary pool is responsible for finding the pool of contributors to the data, they must decide the best way to do so. Whether via email or social media, they must find participants willing to provide an anonymous answer as to their annual salary.
Below the results, the site asks how the user looks on list and whether they should consider asking for a raise or upgrading their career. Then they pitch Job4dev for job positions in technology.
Some users may feel uncomfortable sending out the URL to others because of the salary discussion taboo. Even though the information is anonymous, it is obvious who is providing the link… and that person may be labeled as nosey or viewed in a negative light for their curiosity if the inquiry is within a business or among family or friends.
There is no registration process. Everything is entirely anonymous.
There is no cost associated with SalaryShare.me.
This app may appeal to users who want to know how their salaries compare to other people, either friends or people in a certain type of job, or within a company. It could be used more for fun than for real information. Users should be wary of the “nosey” stigma they may get for asking about salaries… even if responses are anonymous, if the question is asked seriously.