living wage


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.
Recent Examples on the Web Dyer also continues to tap her network to find and share entry-level opportunities in politics and public service with ethical companies that pay a living wage. Pauleanna Reid, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Workers in Dallas need to make at least $15.21 an hour to earn a living wage, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 3 July 2021 The Plan aims to build 500,000 vehicle chargers over a decade, subject to living wage and other labor standards. Forbes, 29 June 2021 In this economically perilous place, Singh’s job at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority was a lifeline, a union job with stable hours that paid a living wage for people without a college degree. Washington Post, 13 June 2021 But Smith noted that many people who are not being paid a living wage aren't making enough money to fix the shortfall quickly. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2021 According to the Center for the Study of Child Care at University of California Berkeley, caregivers in only 10 states are paid what’s considered a living wage. Carl Sheperis, The Conversation, 18 May 2021 The amendment also contains a clause mandating that anyone hired to construct, renovate or operate any units supported by the trust must be paid a living wage. Hannah K. Sparling, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2021 At the core is a living wage for all workers, a share of the return on the value that the entire organization creates for customers. Peter Georgescu, Forbes, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of living wage

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Living wage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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