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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While the Bucks don't want to keep Hill at a salary of $18 million, there is interest in bringing back the veteran guard. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks plan to waive veteran guard George Hill," 28 June 2019 She was chosen from a field of 28 applicants and will receive a salary of $120,000. Chuck Fieldman,, "New Butler Junior High principal, assistant principal hired from inside District 53," 28 June 2019 In 2018, Kentucky's distilling industry boasted an average salary of $95,000, up 23% from 2009, according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "'We can't forget': Kentucky is (slowly) recognizing the role of slaves in bourbon's legacy," 27 June 2019 McMahon would be under contract through March 2021 with a new salary of $425,000. Brody Miller,, "LSU OC Steve Ensminger, deputy AD Verge Ausberry among new contracts LSU Board of Supervisors to vote on," 27 June 2019 Johnson earns $250,000 a year — the city government’s highest salary. Ian Duncan,, "Meet Baltimore's IT director, who stepped away from a corporate career and into a ransomware crisis," 27 June 2019 CEOs and other top executives not only draw higher salaries than mainstream workers but also receive special option grants and/or stock awards that can add millions of dollars. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Pay for Arizona CEOs hit a new record in 2018 — see who made the most," 27 June 2019 His contract is written so the Nuggets have the option to either part company with Millsap or retain his services for one more year at a salary of $30 million, a ridiculous amount for a player who averaged 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds last season. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: With NBA championship race wide open, Nuggets’ big move in free agency will be … Paul Millsap? Are they nuts?," 26 June 2019 Science, technology, engineering or math majors, who are more likely to enjoy higher salaries, were least likely to report regrets, while those in the humanities were most likely. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Two-thirds of American employees regret their college degrees," 25 June 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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