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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Four years ago, Alex Richardson worked a 9-to-5 job, making a lavish salary by sitting at a desk in London tracking oil shipments. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Altitude Training in London Requires Extra Effort," 4 May 2019 The same tactics that have convinced your boss to bump you salary up another $10,000 can be used to chip $100 off of a Wi-Fi bill or a credit card fee. Glamour, "Those Negotiation Skills That Scored You a Raise? Here's How Else You Can Put Them to Work," 24 Apr. 2019 That status, along with a shortage of teams with significant salary cap space, gave the Magic significant leverage in the process. Josh Robbins,, "Aaron Gordon’s new Magic contract brought tears to his eyes," 10 July 2018 Being one of the few teams with salary cap space didn't hurt, but don't discount the appeal of playing for a winner — one with a young, likable core. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 Riley, 73, said last month after the draft the financial hurdles the team was facing this summer with all of its salary cap space tied up could lead to a quiet summer on the free agent front. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "'Airplane Mode' grounded. Plus, what Heat is looking for with two-way contract player," 8 July 2018 Even with James’ maximum contract set to hit their payroll, the Lakers should face little difficulty clearing the more than $37 million in salary cap space needed to entice Leonard west next summer. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "As LeBron heads west, Leonard trade sits in limbo," 2 July 2018 Not many teams have the kind of salary cap space to give out big contracts. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA free agent spending should be tight after stars LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins," 1 July 2018 But now the Mavericks are in prime position to sign Jordan with $27 million of salary cap space. Roger Pinckney, star-telegram, "DeAndre Jordan opts out of deal with Clippers. Will he really come to Dallas this time?," 29 June 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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