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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Recent Examples on the Web Tips are also down, so the restaurant increased base pay to $20 an hour. Roland Li,, "S.F. is facing its worst fiscal crisis in decades. Here’s the city’s 41-point plan for recovery," 8 Oct. 2020 By contrast, workers moving away from Denver, Minneapolis, and Houston would on average see their base pay adjust by less than 1%. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Moving during COVID-19? Relocating for work could come with a massive pay cut," 27 Oct. 2020 The base pay for classroom teachers in Seminole County’s public schools would rise to $46,310 this year under a tentative agreement district leaders announced today. Leslie Postal,, "Seminole schools, union agree to boost base bay to $46,310, short of DeSantis' goal," 29 Sep. 2020 Duilio, a former supervisor of the Gun Violence Reduction Team, who earned a total of $234,116 -- $97,955 in overtime, $96,020 in base pay and $40,142 in other earnings. oregonlive, "15 Portland cops make more than $200,000 – mostly driven by huge OT," 18 Oct. 2020 Connecticut has a part-time legislature; base pay for lawmakers is $28,000 annually. Daniela Altimari,, "After a summer of widespread outages and rising rates, anger at utility companies explodes on the campaign trail," 5 Oct. 2020 But officers say the $14 stipends are not being added to their base pay for the purposes of calculating overtime, which is one and a half 1½ times their rate of pay for all hours in excess of 171 hours in a 28-day work period. Washington Post, "More than 1,000 D.C. police officers claim they have been shorted on overtime payments during pandemic," 7 Oct. 2020 Jordan knew that gaining additional credentials would improve her marketability and base pay. Kristen Mascia, Marie Claire, "This Chef Is Feeding Maryland’s Hungry—in More Ways Than One," 28 Sep. 2020 The board also approved a contract that, for the rest of this month through June 30, 2023, calls for a base pay of $170,000, pro-rated for the first year through June 30, 2021. Amy Lavalley,, "Valparaiso administrator named to top schools job: Jim McCall started with the district in 1999," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of base pay

1862, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Base pay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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base pay


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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