I am a PT poker dealer. You have no idea how often people seem to think it’s perfectly acceptable and not at all rude to ask me - often while I am actually working! - how much money I make.
I have a few vague answers I will use when this happens.
“I do okay.”
“I am appreciative of everything I get.”
“I’ve had jobs making more or less.”
What I want to answer is “who the fuck told you it was any of your business what I make?”
Unless you are my accountant, an IRS rep, someone who I am asking for credit from or my spouse, what I make is none of your business.
Unless I am running for public office or I have some other job where your taxes will pay my salary, it’s none of your business (and even in those cases they have databases with that information - I would say “Look it up” and leave it at that.)
It happens a lot online too. I am a member of a couple of groups for poker dealers and it’s commonplace for people to ask how much everyone makes like it’s a cute MPSIMS topic starter or something.
Now, I will concede that I understand if someone is about to apply or start at a job or relocate to an area with employment in mind that knowing the money is helpful. But what a dealer in Las Vegas makes compared to someone in Florida or everywhere in between is very variable. Telling what someone a thousand miles away from me how much I make won’t be useful information. Telling a fucking player how much I make not useful information for anyone.
And even if you are a colleague, soon-to-be colleague or someone thinking of applying, don’t expect me to tell you how much I make in a public or even semi-public forum. Ask me privately and I’ll let you know anything I can to help you out including a hundred other things than compensation, but that too.
Everyone else? How about you spend your whole day asking everyone you come into contact with how much money they make. Your Uber driver. The dry cleaner. The waitress. The deli clerk in the grocery store. The bartender. Just go ahead and ask them how much they make and see who gives you polite evasive non-answers, who gives you not-as-polite responses and who cheerfully tells you their hourly and annual gross wages. The ratio should tell you that you’re being nosy.
And if the thought of doing that makes you realize that it would make you an ass, why are you doing it online? Or to me?
It’s none of your fucking business. Stop asking.
I also specifically and proactively pit anyone who responds to this OP by asking how much I make.