What compensation/salary are you looking for?
While I won't discuss the numbers here, it boils down to the following aspects:
- How far away do I have to travel? (If the employer is outside the City, my requirement goes up)
- How much travel is involved? (While I love to travel, the more that I do within a job, my requirement goes up)
- How much is work/life balance encouraged? (If my work becomes my life, my requirement goes up)
- What other benefits are offered? (Primarily, if there's no health insurance with the offer, my requirement goes up)
I believe these are fair assessments to coming up with a number. While I'm not against making money, I'm not out to fleece an employer--if I'm satisfied and able to contribute to growth within my position, then I'll settle for lower compensation. For me, that's a part of the third bullet point, above, and one that I would look for in an employee that I supervise when addressing quality of life.