it is perfectly legal to ask what you make. we have a work hotline where you can call, and they will verify my employment, position, date of hire, and salary. even reference checks for part time employees consist of pay rate. that being said. go ahead and say you make a few thousand dollars more than you actually make. don't go overboard. because you always know a ball park of what a competitor pays. but, if somebody likes you enough to hire you, they will match what you state you make and give more money. so, it never hurts to fudge a little bit.