Question about listing your salary on an employment application

On applications for a lot of government jobs (professional jobs), they ask you to list your current salary. Why? If you are filling out a form, there’s no way around answering this question, is there?

Sure. Leave that portion blank. If they call you on it, tell them that you are unwilling to diminish your bargaining position.

While I agree in principle that salary negotiations shouldn’t take into consideration your previous compensation, sometimes government agencies will try and match your civilian salary, or at least come as close to it as they can.