basic wage

variants: or

basic salary

Definition of basic wage

  1. 1 :  a wage or salary based on the cost of living and used as a standard for calculating rates of pay

  2. 2 :  a rate of pay for a standard work period exclusive of such additional payments as bonuses and overtime

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up basic wage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!