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

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That’s $300 a year less than the union’s proposal, which would add $50 million a year to teacher base pay, according to union officials. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Denver teachers, officials negotiate to try to end strike," 12 Feb. 2019 The panel determined legislative base pay should rise from $79,500, where it was set for 20 years, to $110,000 starting this month. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Conservative Group Asks Judge to Halt Albany Lawmakers’ Raises," 12 Jan. 2019 The increased pay brings Walmart in line with some of its rivals in the retail industry, including Target, which raised its base pay to $11 last fall. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Sam's Club to shutter San Antonio location amid wave of national closures," 11 Jan. 2018 The $2,000 annual increase deputies received last week brings base pay for deputies to $28,000 a year. Emily Lane,, "Orleans deputies get a raise, now make living wage," 10 Jan. 2018 New York’s legislators have a higher base pay than counterparts in every state except California and Pennsylvania. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Commission Mulls Raises for Cuomo and New York Lawmakers," 20 Nov. 2018 The long hours nearly tripled his base pay and boosted his pension. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wisconsin worker nearly tripled his pay last year by working 95 hours a week and others cashed in, as well," 9 July 2018 Kennedy’s base pay was $322,972 last year; his other pay, $731,991. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "San Joaquin hospital’s surgeons take 7 spots on list of 10 highest-paid county employees," 29 June 2018 Firefighters have been without a contract for almost four years, and have seen their base pay increase by just 3 percent since 2011. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Firefighters head to court, hoping to force Houston to count their pay parity petition," 12 Mar. 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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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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