sal·​a·​ry | \ ˈsal-rē How to pronounce salary (audio) , ˈsa-lə-\
plural salaries

Definition of salary

: fixed compensation paid regularly for services

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Other Words from salary

salaried \ ˈsal-​rēd How to pronounce salaried (audio) , ˈsa-​lə-​ˌrēd \ adjective

Examples of salary in a Sentence

She was offered a salary of $50,000 a year. Employees receive an annual increase in salary.

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Ron Bowman, Boerne’s city manager, tops the salary list of San Antonio’s suburban cities. Vincent T. Davis,, "City managers of San Antonio suburban cities vary widely," 13 July 2019 The state’s Equal Pay Act bars employees from being asked about their salary history upon hiring. Stephanie Ebbert,, "Women’s soccer wage fight revives battle for Equal Rights Amendment," 13 July 2019 The upshot soon became clear, with an announcement Friday by the state’s largest public employee union SEIU 503 that a new contract will raise many state employees’ salaries by as much as 15 percent over the next two years. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Democrats pile up landmark wins that will affect Oregon schools, businesses, workers, air quality, teen criminals and more," 13 July 2019 The process for the rule, which would set a new salary threshold below which workers must be paid time-and-a-half, has taken more than two years because the Labor Department has taken extra steps that aren’t always part of rule-making. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Business Groups See Acosta Successor as More Aggressive Deregulator," 12 July 2019 The board reviews Geary’s salary each year of the contract. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester school superintendent gets positive review, raise," 12 July 2019 Take a look at the salary information for each Suns player, courtesy of spotrac (through July 11, 2019). Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns roster takes shape with re-signing of Kelly Oubre Jr.," 12 July 2019 What’s been widely reported about the recent wave of unionization were the immediate, material gains won by insurgent union shops—contracts with salary floors, generous severance packages, paid family leave. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "How to Save Journalism," 11 July 2019 Premier said that staff do not discuss salaries with students upon enrollment. NBC News, "'They just saw me as a dollar sign': How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of salary

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salary

Middle English salarie, from Anglo-French, from Latin salarium pension, salary, from neuter of salarius of salt, from sal salt — more at salt

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English Language Learners Definition of salary

: an amount of money that an employee is paid each year


sal·​a·​ry | \ ˈsa-lə-rē How to pronounce salary (audio) , ˈsal-rē\
plural salaries

Kids Definition of salary

: a fixed amount of money paid regularly for work done


plural salaries

Legal Definition of salary

: fixed compensation paid regularly for services

Other Words from salary

salaried adjective

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