It depends on how close you are to that person. Asking someone you just met would be considered rude, but if you know them well enough then it wouldn't hurt to ask. And if they aren't comfortable sharing information like that, then you'd need to respect their decision.
Hmm, maybe. Most people shouldn't be that unwilling to say, though. If some dude came up to me and asked me what my job was and how much I made (we're assuming for this example that I have a job), I'd tell them, but that's just me.
Depends. We newbie graphic designers ask each other and ask around how much people make, especially freelancing just to get an estimate of what's standard and which client is a cheap bastard. Though I would never dare ask someone even from my family how much they make. I don't even know exactly how much my father made a year.
I was surprised that NO only got 14% of the vote, but then again, in this day and age, with everything on the internet for the world to see, and nothing being sacred any more, I retracted my surprise. This might be more of a generational thing, too. I grew up with parents old enough to be my grandparents, and I was always told never, EVER to inquire what someone made, and I never knew anything about my parent's financials either. Now that I'm where I am today, I continue to respect that. It isn't because if I knew they made less than I, I'd want to help out, or if I knew they made more, I'd be envious to the point of hurting the relationship. It's because I don't think it's anyone's business, unless I make it so. And since I don't, no one should be asking me. As it is, the only people who's $$ stuff I am involved with is in my own relationship, unless a friend or family member blabs to me.
It really depends on who's asking and why. I don't think it's necessarily rude just to ask just because some people are uptight about it. Maybe you're just curious about their profession because you're interested in it yourself. In this economy I don't think it's that crazy to ask someone with a job how much it pays.
I do think in certain situations it's rude, but overall I think people are a little too uptight and guarded about this type of thing. I think most of the time people are just trying to get an idea of what your profession pays. Is that so wrong?
I hit "yes"...but I've never really asked anyone/cared enough to. OH, but... I think once you know the person's job, it's easy to figure out the range of what they make. Besides, people are going to exaggerate their income anyways.
In a business setting? Yes. Your good friend? Maybe. An acquaintance you're chit-chatting with? Absolutely not; I was raised to believe that this is very rude and will look like you're being condescending.
Depends. If it is a coworker, even a friend, don't do it (especially at work.) Close friends, maybe family it's ok but otherwise it makes you sound like you want money and that seems bad. I have asked my sister (older by 1 year) but never my other sister (older by 5) or anyone else because I felt only my relationship with my 1st sister was it ok.
I think it depends more on the person and your relationship with them than the situation. If you're close to this person and know them well, then it might be alright to know. But you're not about to ask your boss who much they make, are you?
It depends on the scenario. Is this person a good friend of yours or close family? Then I'd say yes. Are you asking someone you don't know very well? Then you probably shouldn't, unless it gets brought up or is relevant to something.
For those waiting for my answer. I like to give vague answer. cos i know whatever answer it is, they wil be making comparison. If i make more than them they might think im not worth that much, if I make less than them they might feel happy they make more than me (I dont wanna give them that pleasure). Also there's a saying in chinese 'if you talk money, you may break a friendship', and its kinda true.. also if I know how much another person is making everytime we go to pay a bill or whatever for dinner, you kinda subconciously think the richer one should pay for the meal kinda thing.
Yes, given that you know the person, and you're not just a stranger with a knife to their throat. I think it's perfectly fine. It's just a conversation subject, I don't know how people can get sensitive about it.
I mean, if someone asks you how much you make, and then some money suddenly goes missing, well you've already got a pretty obvious suspect.
Guess it depends if the information is important and the topic is relevant. Money has always been a touchy subject for me, because I feel people are trying to judge a person financially whenever they ask how much people make. And depending on the kinds of people who are asking, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to reveal that kind of info.
Like if a more successful person asked me how much I was making, it'd probably be more embarrassing than anything. But if a lower-income person asks, they tend to take advantage of the fact like "Dude can you do me some favors I don't make as much as you do; Its not that much, just spot me a bit; c'mon man, I'm trying to survive here, etc. etc.". That's a thing that has happened all too often with me.
Of course there are always exceptions, like if friends are inviting to the discussion (never pushing it on someone), but the blanket answer is 'no' because the exceptions are noted as such: exceptions.