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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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 When Maxwell’s contract was signed, his base pay was $299,937 a year. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Maryland schools CEO handed six-figure severance payout," 12 July 2018 The new general manager won't be eligible for the defined benefit pension, but rather would receive the equivalent of 8 percent of his or her base pay in an investment account similar to a 401(k). Elliot Njus,, "TriMet to interview 3 top executive candidates in closed meeting," 10 Jan. 2018 Robbins will be paid $675,000 per year in base pay starting in July, with automatic 3.5 percent pay increases annually after that. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "University of Arizona wants to buy house for its president, contrary to other two schools," 1 June 2018 At some traditional companies, compensation tended to be a combination of base pay and overtime. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Best-Paying Industry? It’s Not Banking," 25 May 2018 Duke new return reports Krzyzewski’s pay as: ►$2,673,733 in base pay, an amount virtually unchanged from the amount reported for him for 2015. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Mike Krzyzewski's total compensation from Duke in 2016 was just over $7 million," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of base pay

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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