living wage

noun

Definition of living wage 

1 : a subsistence wage

2 : a wage sufficient to provide the necessities and comforts essential to an acceptable standard of living

Examples of living wage in a Sentence

He was barely earning a living wage.

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In this regard, our leaders must advocate for living wages and decreasing the high cost of housing. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Even the $15 living wage championed by Democrats would not make a dent in the vast majority of states. Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "A minimum-wage worker can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S., report finds," 13 June 2018 In this regard, our leaders must advocate for living wages and decreasing the high cost of housing. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 In this regard, our leaders must advocate for living wages and decreasing the high cost of housing. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Currently, those workers are guaranteed only Boston’s living wage rate of $14.82 per hour, as of July 1. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Mayor Walsh proposes wage hikes for employees of vendors with city contracts," 9 July 2018 The researchers used the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's living wage calculator to determine living expenses. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Which city’s health workers boast highest disposable income? Hint: It’s a capital," 28 June 2018 This means that even the $15 living wage campaign supported by many Democrats would fail to address the problem for people living in most of the country. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "There's No Place in the U.S. Where a Minimum Wage Worker Can Afford a 2-Bedroom Apartment," 14 June 2018 And the answer might not be too far from what’s needed here: Credit Loan’s study also looked at Florida’s living wage, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stands at $11.75, or $3.50 more than the current minimum wage. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Floridians find minimum wage too low, study finds," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of living wage

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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living wage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of living wage

: an amount of money you are paid for a job that is large enough to provide you with the basic things (such as food and shelter) needed to live an acceptable life

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