sal·​a·​ry | \ˈsal-rē, ˈsa-lə-\
plural salaries

Definition of salary 

: fixed compensation paid regularly for services

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Other Words from salary

salaried \ˈsal-​rēd, 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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And lower salaries mean nonprofits can’t always attract the most qualified candidates for their roles. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "One of the most frequently used criteria for judging a charity is also one of the worst," 27 Nov. 2018 On the wage gap and getting closer to salary parity... Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Listen to Oprah Interview Julia Roberts for BAZAAR's November Issue," 23 Oct. 2018 In step, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch saw her salary soar by millions, reaching nearly $19 million in 2015—a point lawmakers hammered her for during a House Oversight Committee hearing in September of 2016. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Years after Mylan’s epic EpiPen price hikes, it finally gets a generic rival," 17 Aug. 2018 The fee is equal to the salary Obama received as president and twice what former President Bill Clinton has received for speeches, according to the New York Times. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 The Bulls and Kings are the only teams remaining with significant salary cap space. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls working to sign restricted free agent Jabari Parker to offer sheet," 14 July 2018 The pay raise the charter chain is offering teachers will increase the average ALA teacher salary to $41,641. Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter, subject of Republic investigation, reverses itself after blocking public comment," 14 July 2018 The last time the Reds made a notable deadline deal that wasn’t to acquire bus riders or dump salaries was July 31, 1995. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Imagine if the Reds were buyers instead of sellers at MLB trade deadline," 13 July 2018 Hogan’s trust holdings have been lucrative — allowing him to earn much more than his $180,000 governor’s salary. Luke Broadwater,, "As governor, Larry Hogan's real estate business continues to thrive — prompting questions," 13 July 2018

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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, 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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