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Feb. 2, 2022, 2:41 p.m.
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LINK:  ➚   |   Posted by: Hanaa' Tameez   |   February 2, 2022

New York City’s salary transparency law won’t go into effect until May but it’s never too soon or too late to share how much a company paid you on your own terms.

Victoria Walker, most recently a senior travel reporter for The Points Guy, tweeted yesterday that she was leaving the company. This morning, she paid it forward and tweeted her salary and tips for anyone applying to the role:

Walker didn’t have to do that, but doing so helps prospective hires get a sense of what the company can afford and what and who it’s willing to pay. Travel journalism in particular has a diversity problem and the news industry as a whole isn’t immune to racial and gender wage gaps. This tiny bit of transparency went a long way, with more than 2,000 retweets and over 32,000 likes and counting.

Pushes for more salary transparency make their rounds online every so often and actual transparency, like Walker’s today, is generally well-received. In between many, many, many quote tweets saying “more people need to do this!”, “normalize this!”, “love a salary transparent queen!”, “more of this!”, “yes to this!”, “this!”, and lots of clapping emojis, a few current and former media workers shared their own salary histories:

Do what you will with this information now, and go get paid.

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