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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In October, the company laid off a few hundred employees, and announced salary and wage cuts across the board. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future dealt potentially crippling blow while almost out of cash," 30 Nov. 2018 According to her team, about $25,000 a month goes to pay for office space, salaries and more. Jed Gottlieb, Billboard, "How Amanda Palmer Is Raising Even More Funding Than She Did on Kickstarter," 11 July 2018 The profits were divided into thirds with one portion going back into the business, another going toward salaries and the remainder going back into the community. Tammy Leitner, NBC News, "Teens work to address needs of 'food desert' with vegetable-based desserts," 7 July 2018 Any team would inherit the 2018 salary and a $6 million buyout that comes with the 2019 option. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Hamels knows what it's like to be traded. Why this time is different as Rangers seek suitors," 1 July 2018 Considering that government salaries are already on the lower side (14 percent are below $50,000 a year, per the Washington Post), many of the people affected by this shutdown were probably already living paycheck to paycheck. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How To Donate to the People Hit Hardest by the Government Shutdown," 24 Jan. 2019 At the beginning of the decade, Spinney's salary was more than $300,000. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How Caroll Spinney Amassed a Large Net Worth and So Much More From 'Sesame Street'," 17 Oct. 2018 Lake deputies start at $37,000 a year, while comparable salaries are $41,000 in Seminole, $44,750 in Polk and $46,000 plus a $2,500 bonus in Orange. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Lake says not enough money to fund sheriff's $9.8 million budget increase request," 13 July 2018 The mayor’s annual salary is $100,000 and council members receive $75,000. David Garrick,, "Proposed ballot measure would hike pay for San Diego elected officials," 12 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 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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