base pay


Definition of base pay

: a rate or amount of pay for a standard work period, job, or position exclusive of additional payments or allowances

Examples of base pay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the plan, base pay for correctional officers will start at $38,750, a nearly 16% hike over the current $33,500. Dara Kam,, 4 Nov. 2021 The customers were unruly and often unmasked; the base pay was $5 an hour. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 For a lieutenant colonel, for which rank the base pay is $114,670, a 20-year pension would be worth about $57,335, or $4,778 a month. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 The filing said her responsibilities would be absorbed by other executives at the company, adding Owens is entitled to severance benefits, including six months base pay and the remaining portion of her signing bonus. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 Among the 369 employees whose base pay was provided, the highest salary was $286,700 and that amount was earned by 16 people at the Fed. Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 In addition to base pay, the presidents each year get a $70,000 housing allowance (with the exception of Robbins, who uses UA's presidential residence), a $10,000 car allowance and an 18-21% contribution to retirement funds. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 An earlier offer that would have cut base pay to $17,710 was not put up for a vote. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Sep. 2021 One element is having the right balance of base pay to the amount of growth performance pay to ensure retention and engagement. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of base pay

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of base pay was in 1862

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28 Nov 2021

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“Base pay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of base pay

: the amount of money paid to someone for work at a job that does not include any additional payments for bonuses, overtime, etc.


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