Also, why is it acceptable for every other position to ask what the pay is but it is frowned upon - even discouraged - in education? No one - including the people doing the hiring - are expecting candidates to work for free or to work for a "lowball" rate. I've been on several interviewing committees and I'm always shocked when people don't ask about the pay. I always ask about pay at the end if I am interested in the position. If not I don't. To me, if you re asking about pay then you are truly considering working there. If you don't, you don't really care. In fact, when on the interview committees, I've always been the one to ask the candidates if they what to know about the pay (and benefits). Their reaction to that lets me know how interested they are. There are ways to properly ask about pay. For example, "I saw the current salary schedule on the district website. I know there is a stipend (you can mention how much if it was specified) and extra days (again, you can specify it you know the number), but can you tell me if that salary schedule will be the same next year or will it be changing?" If you don't know the stipend amount or number or extra days, then modify the question: "I've seen the salary schedule on the district website, but can you tell me if that schedule will be the same for next year and what the stipend amount is and how many days would be on my contract?" These are legit questions. Stop thinking people have altruistic motivations for wanting to work at your school and get comfortable discussing pay with potential addition to your teaching staff. If you aren't comfortable discussing the salary you are offering, that should tell you something.