Definition of take-home pay in US English:

take-home pay


  • The pay received by an employee after the deduction of taxes and other obligations.

    • ‘We asked mothers to choose an income range within which their weekly household income fell, including take-home pay and benefits.’
    • ‘It is estimated that the working poor are forced to pay half their take-home pay for rent.’
    • ‘In return for moderate pay rises, take-home pay was increased through tax reductions.’
    • ‘We then take a closer look at specific benefits and how you may be able to potentially increase your equivalent take-home pay by including a particular benefit in your salary package.’
    • ‘Without a doubt, a greater percentage of the nation's take-home pay is going toward stocking the family medicine cabinet.’
    • ‘In fact, I'd be paying the majority of my take-home pay to my mortgage lender for quite some time!’
    • ‘The total increase of 7 per cent over 18 months will probably maintain the real value of pre-tax pay, resulting in a fall in the value of take-home pay in real terms.’
    • ‘The pay freeze comes on top of two years where workers saw no rise in take-home pay because an increase in pension contributions swallowed up what was supposed to be a ‘rise’.’
    • ‘Mortgage repayments are still eating into first-time buyers' take-home pay to about the same extent that they did a decade ago.’
    • ‘Analysts credited last year's big rise, which few had predicted, to a strong growth in take-home pay, low unemployment and cheap borrowing costs.’
    • ‘The workers say that they are often not paid this rate and that their take-home pay is reduced because the employer deducts rent and food.’
    • ‘By reducing the tax taken out of women's pay when they return to work or when they increase their hours, the tax credit can dramatically increase take-home pay.’
    • ‘Aim to build a fund that amounts to at least three months take-home pay, preferably six months for extra comfort.’
    • ‘In the last two budgets, we played a major role in improving take-home pay for workers.’
    • ‘If you have no savings at all, as a ballpark figure, take your current age, divide by two and save that number as a percentage of your take-home pay for the rest of your working life.’
    • ‘The fact of the matter is that rising inflation is setting at naught the modest gains in take-home pay granted through tax reform and income rises.’
    • ‘The tax burden is significant, and in our case even when my wife returns to work the cost of child care will account for more than 45% of her take-home pay.’
    • ‘I'd hesitate to spend a third of my take-home pay on mortgage repayments, let alone more than half!’
    • ‘Lower-income workers have also benefited from the Earned Income Tax Credit, which boosts their take-home pay.’
    • ‘The actual increase in take-home pay for the average worker, however, will amount to just $4 per week - the equivalent of a loaf of bread and a litre of milk.’
    salary, wages, wage, pay, earnings, fee, fees, remuneration, gross pay, net pay
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take-home pay

/ˈtākˌhōm ˌpā//ˈteɪkˌhoʊm ˌpeɪ/