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Topic: WAGES

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Latin
Origin: salarium 'money to pay for salt', from sal 'salt'

salary

noun
     
sal‧a‧ry W3 plural salaries [uncountable and countable]
BEW money that you receive as payment from the organization you work for, usually paid to you every month [↪ wage, pay]:
The average salary is $39,000 a year.
people with high salaries
be on a salary of something (=be earning a particular amount)
She's on a salary of £16,000.
monthly/annual/yearly salary
Parker's annual salary is just under $48,000.
basic/base salary
a $56,000 a year base salary
see usage note pay2WORD CHOICE WORD CHOICE

pay, salary, wages, wage, income, fee
Pay is the money that you earn by working The pay is much better in the private sector. people on low pay pay negotiationsSomeone's salary is the money they are paid every month by their employer, especially someone in a profession, such as a teacher or a lawyer Some managers earn annual salaries of over £80,000. Use wages to refer to the money that someone is paid every week by their employer, especially someone who works in a factory or a shop Some companies pay higher wages than others. !! Do not use wages before a noun. Use wage wage earnersSomeone's income is all the money that they receive regularly, for work or for any other reason families on low incomes Rent from the old farm was their only source of income.Use fee to refer to the money paid to a lawyer, doctor, or similar qualified worker for a piece of work they have done Your accountant's fees are too high. legal feesSee also pay
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