DOE Compensation

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DOE Compensation

July 6th, 2020

DOE is an acronym used on job postings that stands for "depends on experience." It typically reserves you the right to offer a salary based on a candidate's experience, which is one of the main reasons for omitting salary ranges in job ads.

Pros and Cons of Using DOE on a Job Posting:



The use of this industry-specific acronym streamlines your job postings.

A clear indication of your salary range would be more useful to applicants. A 2016 Society for Human Resource Management study showed that almost 75% of job seekers want to know your company's salary range.

You get to know more about candidates' background, qualifications, and skills before committing to a salary range.

Some job seekers may avoid applying because they assume it is not worthwhile.

It shows potential hires that you are flexible regarding salary negotiations.

May waste time as it attracts job seekers who are not interested in your salary range.

You get to reward candidates that have additional experience beyond the minimum requirements for the job.

Could attract inflexible candidates instead of those that are eager to learn.

Could show that you don't know what you are looking for.

Unsuitable for job ads in small companies, especially if you have only one position to fill.

Go in-depth into employee pay with this employee compensation plan. Also, learn more about OTE or on-target earnings compensation.


What does salary commensurate with experience mean?

"Commensurate with experience" means the same as "depends on experience" (DOE).

Learn more about DOE compensation.

What is DOE compensation?

DOE, or "depends on experience" typically reserves you the right to offer a salary based on a candidate's experience, which is one of the main reasons for omitting salary ranges in job ads.

For more information on DOE compensation, read our detailed guide.

What does Salary DOQ mean?

Salary DOQ stands for "depends on qualifications," and works in a similar way to "depends on experience" (DOE).

See our guide to DOE compensation

How do I establish a "depends on experience" (DOE) salary range for my job posting?

Search the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Statistics database to access salary ranges for occupations by region, workplace, and more, or research salary surveys that are published by recruiting firms and professional organizations.

Also, research market rates for similar jobs on sites such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and

How do I use "depends on experience" (DOE) effectively in a job posting?

Add "depends on experience" (DOE) at the end of a job ad under the heading "Salary” or “Compensation." You can also disclose the salary range in the ad, which will prevent candidates who aren't interested in your range from applying.

How to Discuss Pay Range With Job Candidates

How do I discuss pay range with job candidates?

  • Establish briefly during the screening interview what range they have in mind.
  • Let them know what you have in mind.
  • Have more detailed salary negotiations when you're ready to make an offer.
  • Make your best offer.
  • Try not to lose your perfect candidate due to small amounts.
  • Offer them employer-sponsored benefits if you can't meet their salary expectations.
  • Consider how valuable they are to your business.
  • Make a counteroffer or stand firm.
  • Know when to walk away.
  • Put the outcome in writing.