What is DOE - Depends on Experience?

By Abhishek Kathpal | Updated 26 July, 2022

On every job posting, details about the position(s) available such as job title, job description, and job requirements are usually attached for prospective applicants to read through and have just enough to know if the job is suitable for the individual or not. And most times, registered words are used in writing specific terms that are not generally familiar. Amongst these registered words, DOE is mostly used.

What is DOE - Depends on Experience

DOE - Depends on Experience meaning and definition

DOE is an HR register term that stands for "Depends on Experience". It explains how differences in remuneration and reward depend on an applicant's or employee's experience. Priority is given to the applicant's or employee's work experience, achievements, and horned skill sets. Therefore, before making a compensation offer, the applicant's experience is used as a determining factor.

Advantages of DOE

  1. Flexible for negotiation: That is, based on the worth of experience an applicant has or brings to an organization he/she can negotiate accordingly.

  2. It avails experience over qualification because it is experienced based.

  3. It mostly attracts experienced applicants who are value-oriented and genuinely interested in the job.

  4. It gives HR ample opportunity to investigate the applicant's background, credentials, and work-related experiences before giving salary range.

Disadvantages of DOE

  1. It tends to dissuade potential applicants as most job seekers want to know the salary ranges for each job position they intend to apply for.

  2. It may attract applicants whose experience is over the company's salary range.

  3. Salary negotiation can sometimes prove to challenge as candidates might not be able to assign value to talents, expertise, and experience.

Other Variants of DOE

DOE is sometimes referred to as "Commensurate with Experience". The other variant of DOE is DOQ or DOC which means "depends on qualifications or depends on certificates" respectively. This simply means that applicants or employees are likely to be paid more based on their education and skills rather than their experience.

About the Author

Abhishek Kathpal

Abhi is the co-founder at Longlist.io. Funded by US based OnDeck, Longlist is currently enabling 50+ businesses to increase their candidate and client reach outs, automating the workflow across stages.