base pay


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, Baker made about $185,000 in base pay. Michael Silverman,, 15 Dec. 2022 Entry-level firefighters at the Forest Service in 2021 made as little as $13.45 an hour base pay, or less than $30,000 a year, compared with upwards of $50,000 a year made by entry-level personnel at city and county fire departments, which are among the contractors. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2022 And that's not a base pay. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Japan’s trade union confederation, Rengo, sought a 5% increase, inclusive of a 3% base pay raise. Diego Lasarte, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2023 After throwing out that contract, city council instructed the interim city manager to implement a base pay increase for officers and a signing bonus for new cadets. Fox News, 28 Feb. 2023 This year, fewer companies plan to give base pay increases, according to Payscale Inc.’s 2023 Compensation Best Practices report released on Wednesday. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2023 Eighty percent of employers plan to provide base pay increases in 2023, down from 92% last year, the Payscale poll shows. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2023 County employees would get a base pay hike of 4% under Mayor Jenny Wilson's proposed 2023 budget — plus additional bumps to address pay inequities. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of base pay was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Base pay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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