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Is it ok to ask someone how much they make? 

66%
905 deviants said Depends
19%
259 deviants said Yup its ok
14%
197 deviants said No its rude.

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yozoru Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist
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. 
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XOrdinary1998 Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why not?
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Ry-Spirit Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cos if they dont make a lot they might feel ashamed to tell u. If they make a lot they might feel insecure to let anyone know in case of being targetted for ransom or robbery. Thats wat i think
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XOrdinary1998 Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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Tuttie Feb 28, 2013  Student
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.
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Kezulos Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
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.
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Nenie Feb 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Only if you know them personally. ;D
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wezenbeesje Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, especially your colleague or someone who does the same job, because then you know if it's fair or not and you might want to do something about it.
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:iconjeff-aka-stray:
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?
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:iconalfazil:
Unless I'm doing a survey I don't think it's polite to ask.
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