Since I work for the State my salary can be looked up online.
Would it bother you if your salary was available for others to see?
Would you look up your boss'es salary?
Wouldn't bother me at all if my salary was public. I really never understood the hush hush about it. I grew up knowing I was never supposed to ask (which is impolite), but it put a taboo on discussing it. Sometimes when I'm frank with my kids about how much we make, I have that guilt that I'm not supposed to do that. But I want them to understand that we can't afford everything we used to.
When I subbed, it was published that I made $75 a day. But my current salary isn't published, but I'm pretty sure most of the people in the company know what I make since I'm the low man on the totem pole.
I don't know if mine is, but if it was it wouldn't bother me.
I never understood it really either (except maybe within the same company). My DH is VERY private about his and actually just got after one of my DD's the other day for asking him. He told her basically the same ~ it's impolite to ask & you don't discuss it.
Mine isn't public now, at my old employer it was to an extent. We knew what labor grade we were, and the salaries for all the labor grades and the yearly incrementation of the labor grades was public. If you knew what labor grade somebody else was (internally we knew, if we were a random third party probably not) so could check out what our supervisors made. More commonly we looked at and then griped about the salaries of [highly incompentent] coworkers
Since I worked for a municipality yes my salary was public record...didn't bother me in the least. Also since I did payroll, I knew what everyone made...so I knew what my boss and everyone else made. Not a big deal, I never talked about it...working with $$ all day long, I didn't want to think about it at days' end!