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Website Lets Co-Workers, Friends Anonymously Compare Salaries

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Admit it. You've been dying to know your cube mates' salaries since your first day on the job.

Thanks to a new website called you can find out what your co-workers and friends make while minimizing the inevitable awkwardness.

The site lets users create an anonymous salary pool that can be shared with anyone online. Once four people have submitted their salaries through the private link, SalaryShare reveals a list of the salaries without disclosing whom they belong to.

The website was launched by the folks behind Job4Dev, an online job board, and was inspired by a conversation thread on Hacker News, a popular technology forum, according to a note at the bottom of the site.

The online discussion was sparked by a blog post called "The Programmer Salary Taboo," which looked at why salary disclosure is such "a uniquely taboo subject."

A 2010 survey found that 17 percent of about 2,300 survey respondents said they're uncomfortable sharing the details of their compensation with anyone (not even family and best friends), up from 11 percent in 2008.

About 66 percent said they'd share their salary information with their significant others, and about 33 percent said they'd give the number to a best friend. But only 15 percent said they'd open up about their income to other employees at their level. The percentage of those willing to share their salaries with co-workers above or below them drops down into the single digits.

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