One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fixed regular payment, typically paid on a monthly or biweekly basis but often expressed as an annual sum, made by an employer to an employee, especially a professional or white-collar worker.‘he received a salary of $29,000’Compare with wageas modifier ‘a 15 percent salary increase’
pay, earnings, remuneration, fee, fees, emolument, emoluments, stipend, honorarium, hire, wages, wage, gross pay, payment, earned incomeView synonyms
- ‘There has already been agreement not to increase salaries for public service employees.’
- ‘If you have a personal pension, remember to increase payments as your salary increases.’
- ‘Under the law, we can't cut employee salaries as long as we are making a profit.’
- ‘Unions use collective bargaining to help set wages and salaries and worker benefits.’
- ‘The strikers are demanding the payment of salaries owed to them over the past two months.’
- ‘The two people will receive their normal monthly salaries as they will be obliged to work at least six hours a day.’
- ‘The private sector average wage would be used to set salaries for all public sector employees.’
- ‘Employers pay their staff their weekly or monthly salaries after deducting the income tax they owe.’
- ‘The authority had a wide statutory power to pay its employees such salaries and wages as it thought fit.’
- ‘They seem content to let prices climb further out of reach of us mere mortals earning regular salaries.’
- ‘For many teachers of state schools, monthly salaries do not cover their daily needs.’
- ‘He sold his car but on his monthly salary of £80 there was no way he could pay off his debts.’
- ‘They have presided over a vast increase in the number and salaries of public sector employees.’
- ‘The company has decided to freeze the level of pensionable salaries for its 10,000 workers.’
- ‘The salaries of the remaining employees will be cut with the size of the cut depending on the pay grade.’
- ‘It employed people on a monthly salary and at its peak there were more than 5,000 on the payroll.’
- ‘Some employees saw increases in their salaries while others had theirs reduced.’
- ‘The salary discrimination permits the superiors to fix the salaries of their employees on an arbitrary basis.’
- ‘Another major concern of the Social Ministry will be the increase of salaries and pensions.’
- ‘Reportedly the salary for a new employee is double the minimum wage set by the government.’
Pay a salary to.
- ‘The Scottish sculptor Michael Noble (who subsequently married the countess) and the psychiatrist Mario Marini were salaried by her as well.’
- ‘The Spanish clergy, which had been deprived of most of its land, was salaried by the state under the Concordat of 1851.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French salarie, from Latin salarium, originally denoting a Roman soldier's allowance to buy salt, from sal ‘salt’.
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