The Right Salary

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 22, 2021 and last updated on July 22, 2023

For English learners, understanding “The Right Salary” is vital for navigating professional landscapes and advocating for fair compensation. This topic equips learners with essential vocabulary and language skills related to salary negotiation, benefits evaluation and work-related discussions.

Exploring the factors that determine suitable pay empowers learners to confidently communicate their worth and expectations in English-speaking work environments.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About The Right Salary

The right salary is a critical and multifaceted aspect of employment that delves into determining fair and equitable compensation for individuals. This topic explores the intricate dynamics between employees and employers, encompassing factors such as skills, experience, market standards and job responsibilities.

Understanding the importance of the right salary empowers individuals to advocate for their worth, negotiate effectively and make informed career decisions. Navigating discussions about the right salary is essential for personal satisfaction, productivity, and long-term professional growth.


Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • responsibility (noun)
  • responsible (adjective)
  • knowledge (noun)
  • experience (noun)
  • demand (noun)
  • supply (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • How important is salary to you when considering a job offer?
  • What factors do you think should be considered when determining the right salary for a job?
  • Should the right salary be based on the cost of living in a specific location?
  • Should the right salary for a job be determined solely based on an individual's qualifications and experience, or should it also consider factors like gender, ethnicity, or age?
  • What do you think is the most important factor that goes into how much someone gets paid?
  • Why do you think some jobs pay more than others?
  • What jobs do you think are overpaid? Why?
  • What jobs do you think are underpaid? Why?
  • In your country, are salary discussions openly discussed, or is it considered impolite to talk about pay?
  • Is it fair for employers to ask job candidates about their current or previous salary during interviews?
  • How do you think people working in a low salary job can increase their salary?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.