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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The highest tax rate for regular wage earners paid by employers is 45% and kicks in when annual income tops about $150,000. Don Lee, latimes.com, "In China's 'money worshiping' movie industry, stars' high pay becomes a target of the central government," 5 July 2018 Rents in the city have risen 42% over the past seven years, fueled by the growth in high wage earners such as the many white collar workers at Amazon.com. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "After losing fight to levy 'Amazon tax,' Seattle is back to square one on helping homeless," 17 June 2018 Oregon lawmakers' response to the federal tax overhaul no longer contains tax cuts for low and middle-income wage earners and reforms to the state's own business tax break, after Senate Democrats removed those provisions on Tuesday. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Senate Democrats jettison business tax reforms and low and middle-income breaks from tax plan," 21 Feb. 2018 Each of these measures has had profound effects on our economies: debtors win, savers lose; large, bond-issuing companies get credit, smaller firms don’t; owners of assets accumulate wealth, wage earners see their salaries endangered by inflation. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "‘Unelected Power’ Review: Monetary Mavericks," 27 June 2018 Raise personal income taxes on high-wage earners to fund education. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Clean energy, taxes and anti-dirty money proposals submitted for November ballot," 5 July 2018 Another part of the state’s plan — converting the income tax paid by wage earners to a payroll tax paid by companies that could then deduct that amount on their federal taxes — seems to be on firmer legal footing. Russ Buettner And Jan Ransom, New York Times, "New York Crafts Loophole to Protect Property Tax Deductions. But the I.R.S. Could Close It.," 1 Apr. 2018 Also, this bill is the most equitable way for all of us, with the lower-wage earners paying less, while the upper level earners will be paying rates up to 7 percent. Anchorage Daily News, "Fair income tax will help Alaska to a sustainable budget," 18 Jan. 2018 Parents with young children, lower wage earners, and the less educated tip less than the overall median of 18%. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Millennials Are America's Worst Tippers," 18 June 2018

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who works for wages or a salary

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