living wage


: a subsistence wage
: 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 The 134-year-old group, which makes heavy-duty tires for construction and freight-handling companies, has set living wages for employees based on their locations to correlate with living costs. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 18 Apr. 2024 Another crucial measure will be the impact of our initiatives on managing rising property taxes, and our effectiveness in creating high-quality jobs that pay living wages, fostering economic stability and growth in Tarrant County. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The beloved diner was known for paying a living wage. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 18 Jan. 2024 Imagine that your parents could age with dignity in their home, with a care worker paid a living wage. Dawn Huckelbridge, Glamour, 9 Apr. 2024 But in 2019, nearly four in 10 county warehouse workers made less than a living wage, or the amount necessary to avoid chronic and severe housing and food insecurity, according to an analysis by the UC Merced Community and Labor Center. Rebecca Plevin, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2023 At the same time, the study found, only 10 of those 200 companies have made public statements in support of paying a living wage. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 26 Mar. 2024 All current stadium workers could keep their jobs and receive a living wage, under that proposal. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Supporters of the measure say that councilmembers need a living wage, and deserve a higher salary. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 17 Jan. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'living wage.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of living wage was in 1817

Dictionary Entries Near living wage

Cite this Entry

“Living wage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on living wage

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!