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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Those raises were in addition to increases in base pay and raises tied to completion of educational coursework, according to the contract. Karen Berkowitz,, "North Shore School District 112, teachers union bring in mediator with contract close to expiring," 26 July 2019 About 22 percent of all San Diego employees received at least $100,000 in combined base pay and overtime last year. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego firefighter overtime exceeds $46 million," 26 July 2019 Only a fraction of the wage gains comes from increases in base pay, which lifts all salaries., "Toyota Record Profit Won't Bury Ghost That Haunts Japan's Wages," 6 Mar. 2018 Workers often want overtime because their monthly base pay, at around 2,100 yuan ($300), is low, while overtime hours are paid at 1.5 normal hourly weekday wages. Echo Huang, Quartz at Work, "In China’s “iPhone City,” overtime is used for both punishment and reward," 9 Sep. 2019 Xu said in his blog post that beginning next month, base pay for orders will range between $2 and $10, and Dashers will be able to earn more with peak pay and delivery challenge bonuses that will go into effect in the coming months. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "DoorDash says new policy will ensure delivery staff gets ‘every dollar’ of tips," 23 Aug. 2019 Similarly, the data from engineers at Apple shows a starting range from $70,000 to $140,000, with an average base pay of about $100,000. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Google and Apple are upending Japan’s salary traditions," 2 June 2019 The chief executive with Visit Phoenix, by comparison, earned about $400,000 in base pay and the chief executive with Visit Mesa earned about $250,000. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale tourism executive tops metro Phoenix for pay. Some residents are asking why," 10 June 2019 Since 2017, DoorDash has at times taken a customer's tip and put it toward covering the base pay for that customer's delivery person. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "DoorDash details new tipping policy after backlash," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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