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

Definition of salary

: fixed compensation paid regularly for services

Other Words from salary

salaried \ ˈsal-​rēd How to pronounce salary (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The actor is getting a significant pay upgrade for the sequel, netting $20 million for the movie after taking a $4.5 million salary for the original. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 Mancini will earn the pro-rated amount of his $7.5 million salary in 2022—a cost of about $3 million for the Astros—and carries a mutual option for 2023 at $10 million, or a $250,000 buyout. James Yasko, Chron, 3 Aug. 2022 One-third expect an even higher salary increase of 6% to 10%, which would bring them closer to just breaking even with the inflation rate. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 14 July 2022 Employers are budgeting an average salary increase of 3.4%, less than half the current inflation rate. Kelly Kubicek, Forbes, 30 June 2022 According to the association’s prior tax records, Emmert had received a $200,000 base salary increase for the 2018 calendar year and a nearly $180,000 increase for 2019. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 Hutchinson initially proposed raising teacher salaries to a minimum of $46,000 and implementing at least a $4,000 salary increase. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 22 July 2022 The board approved a 3 percent salary increase effective July 1, 2022, and an extension through June 30, 2025, to the assistant superintendents’ contracts. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2022 According to the Post, Francis collected salary information from former colleagues and agents in preparation for her contract negotiation in 2019. Stephen Battagliostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 See More

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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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“Salary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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