wage earner


Definition of wage earner

: a person who works for wages or salary

Examples of wage earner in a Sentence

Most wage earners were not affected by the income tax increase.

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This is supposed to help wage earners, but pay rates haven’t ticked up. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Wage Stagnation Is Everyone’s Problem," 14 Aug. 2018 That means higher tax rates on even modest wage earners; taxes on retirement savings like 401(k)s or college savings accounts. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Visions of a 70% Tax Rate," 15 Jan. 2019 Dating is the beginning of a relationship, not an interview for a nanny, housekeeper or a second wage earner. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Thinking of setting up a friend who lost a spouse? Here's when to do it," 8 June 2018 Unlike wage earners who have their income separately reported to the IRS, business owners are often on the honor system. Paul Kiel, The Seattle Times, "Hobbled by budget cuts, the IRS brings fewer tax fraud cases," 2 Oct. 2018 Including every department, women account for 35 percent of top-level supervisors and 34 percent of top-level wage earners. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle city workers tell of unfair treatment and mistrust, as government tracks diversity shortfalls," 13 Aug. 2018 Volatility is due to an overreliance on income taxes on the high-wage earners and that could only be changed by a constitutional amendment reducing taxes on the wealthy and broadening the base to increase taxes on others. sacbee, "Tax haircuts and concerts – or the rich? Californians consider the options," 9 July 2018 Meanwhile, low and mid-wage earners have seen negligible gains. sacbee, "Tax haircuts and concerts – or the rich? Californians consider the options," 9 July 2018 The governor wants to expand an existing tax break that allows people who earn income from certain businesses such as partnerships and S corporations to pay a lower tax rate than wage earners. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Uncertainty looms as Oregon legislators prep for special session," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of wage earner

1861, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who works for wages or a salary

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