I just got off the phone with the CEO of a small company, who says he wants to hire me. I really like the sounds of the company and would like to take the job. I also suspect that they will be able to pay me a good wage. The position does not start until mid-November and they won't be able to make the offer concrete until mid-October.
I've been through two interviews plus this follow-up call. At the end of the call they still had not mentioned salary, so I asked them if they had an idea of the compensation package they would be offering. They immediately responded asking what I was getting at my current job. I dodged the question and told them in generic terms that I was getting a good deal at my current job, and essentially said I'd need a ballpark figure from them. The conversation got awkward when they repeated that they need to know what I'm getting at my current job.
I planned from the beginning not to divulge my current salary, but I wasn't prepared for their insistence. So many sites say not to disclose your current salary, but I feel like I messed up by being so strict about it. I stuck to my original plan and reiterated that I think they have a really exciting company, that I am definitely interested in joining them, that we have a lot of time to figure out the details, and that I would follow up by email.
Everything was roses up until now. What should I do to smooth over this somewhat awkward situation?