I hate that fucking question. Like my compensation is really that interesting or any of your business…
Sounds harsh, right? Most of the time, when people bring up this topic I try my best to laugh it off. “Enough, I suppose,” or: “Much more than you think” is another killer answer.
Reality is, if you ask someone that question out of general interest, I think it’s fair. For instance, if someone is thinking about entering the same field as you, then I do feel it is your duty to guide them towards realistic goals. If you’re asking because you want a slice and think that I can provide it for you, then suck it (Kathy Griffin!). Find someone who’s desperate enough, and needs a sidekick.
Sorry if this sounds a bit rant-ish, but has this ever happened to you before? Is it so wrong to hold parts of your life off from others? Friends? Families? … Lovers?