From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsalarysal‧a‧ry /ˈsæləri/ ●●● S2 W3 noun (plural salaries) [countable, uncountable] BEWmoney that you receive as payment from the organization you work for, usually paid to you every month → wage, pay The average salary for a teacher is $39,000 a year.COLLOCATIONSverbsearn/get/receive a salaryShe’s now earning a good salary as an interpreter.be on a salary British English (=be earning a salary)He won’t tell me what salary he’s on.command a salary formal (=be able to get a particular salary)Which graduates command the highest salaries?pay somebody a salaryLarge companies often pay better salaries.offer somebody a salaryWe offer competitive salaries to graduates.increase somebody’s salaryHis salary was increased to £80,000 a year.cut somebody’s salary (=reduce someone’s salary)They will cut salaries before they cut jobs.adjectiveshigh/goodShe moved to a job with a higher salary.lowIt sounds an interesting job, but the salary is too low.a six-figure salary (=one over £100,000 or $100,000)He’s now a top executive with a six-figure salary.annual salaryHis annual salary is $200,000.monthly salaryWhat's your monthly salary?current salaryHis current salary is just over £30,000 a year. basic/base salary (=the basic amount that someone is paid)You get a basic salary, and then other benefits on top.starting salary (=the salary someone gets when they start a job)The starting salary for a hotel manager is $26,400.final salaryYour pension is based on a proportion of your final salary.salary + NOUNa salary increaseHe was given a huge salary increase.a salary cut (=a decrease in someone’s salary)The workforce agreed to take salary cuts.the salary scale/structure (=the list of increasing salaries that someone in a job can earn)He is almost at the top of his salary scale.phrasesa drop/cut in salary (=a reduction in salary)He couldn’t afford to take a drop in salary.an increase/rise in salaryThey were offered a 10% increase in salary.THESAURUSsalary noun [countable] the money that you receive regularly for doing your job, usually paid to you every month. Salary is usually used for professional jobs such as teachers, managers, doctors etcNurses earn a basic salary of £21,250.Her salary is paid directly into her bank account.pay noun [uncountable] the money you receive for doing a jobThe pay is pretty good.Teachers are asking for higher pay.wages noun [plural] (also wage [singular]) the money that someone is paid every week by their employer, especially someone who works in a shop or factoryPractically all my wages go on housing and transport to work. The average weekly wage was £350.a wage increaseincome noun [countable, uncountable] the money that you receive regularly for doing your job, and from things such as a business or investmentsThe amount of tax you have to pay depends on your income.People on low incomes are finding it difficult to pay their fuel bills.earnings noun [plural] the total amount of money you earn from any job you do – used especially when the amount is different each month or yearThe average worker’s earnings have not kept up with inflation.
Examples from the Corpussalary• I joined the company in 1985, on a salary of $22,000 a year.• The university provides a salary of $3,000 a month plus benefits.• He reportedly earns an annual salary of $20 million.• Johansen reportedly earns an annual salary of $4 million.• A spokeswoman for the Savoy Group said that anything a concierge earned on top of his basic salary was' entirely his affair.• Yet the two presidents occupy the same hierarchical layer, have similar authority, and take home comparable salaries.• We looked at the corporate-level tax problem in Chapter 4 when we examined salaries, dividends, and loans.• Our daughter makes a good salary, but she really works for it.• Cuts in salaries, bonuses and overtime payments have reduced many family-incomes and caused a sharp drop in consumer spending.• A manager who reaches or exceeds his or her objectives is eligible for either a bonus or a merit increase in salary.• A law on salaries which was passed on Dec. 26,1989, was deemed to be of key importance.• I, who was earning the only salary in the house and doing all the housekeeping, I should stop bothering him?• The owners are constantly carping about runaway salaries, then fall over themselves to jump the gun and up the ante.• How can they afford that car on Todd's salary?