What Are You Worth? Breaking the Salary Taboo

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For this week's work segment, we're asking, How do we know if we're getting paid what we're worth? Is it ever okay to ask our peers about their salaries for comparison's sake? And what can we do if our salary seems to fall below our worth?

Beth Kobliner, Takeaway work contributor and author of “Get a Financial Life,” guides us through the murky waters of determining our worth — and offers advice on what to do if we believe our value exceeds our paycheck.

Why is it taboo to talk about your salary? We are taking a closer look at this issue and whether we'd all benefit if we were more open about the amount of money we make.  And we want to hear from you.

Do you talk about your earnings with your peers or your co-workers? Would we all be better off if salary were discussed more openly? Tell us what you think.

Katie says on Facebook

"No! A few years ago a co-worker found out (not from me)that I was making substantially more than he was making in the same position and really blew open a can of worms! What he didn't understand was that I had a college degree and he did not. Needless to say, my company made it a policy which prohibited employees discussing their salary with other employees."