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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some new restaurants are sidestepping the tipping debate altogether, and putting mandatory fees on their menus to help pay staff a living wage. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 14 Sep. 2022 The legal minimum wage in California is $15 an hour; according to researchers at MIT, a living wage in the San Bernardino area would be closer to $18.10 for someone without children. Lauren Kaori Gurley And Caroline O'donovan, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2022 The legal minimum wage in California is $15 an hour; according to researchers at MIT, a living wage in the San Bernardino area would be closer to $18.10 for someone without children. Caroline O'donovan, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022 According to researchers at MIT, the living wage in the US is around $34,404, which would be equivalent to being paid $16.50 an hour. CBS News, 14 Dec. 2021 Granted, there is still a lot more the company can do, as a $15/hour wage is not a living wage in most locations throughout the country. Martin Whittaker, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 In 2021, the two were named to the list of Detroit Free Press/Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Food Fighters for paying staff equally and offering a living wage. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 2 Sep. 2022 Globally, at least about 750 billion euros would be needed annually to bridge the living wage gap. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 One participant, Aviva, believes the living wage approach could be applied to pensions as well. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 26 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of living wage

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Oct 2022

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“Living wage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/living%20wage. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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