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.
Recent Examples on the Web Social Security says that in 2018, about two-thirds of all wage earners took in less than $50,000, the average wage. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: 1,200 Americans already paid their 2020 Social Security tax. You’ll be paying all year," 2 Jan. 2020 Jabeen was the only wage earner for his household — a wife, four children and his elderly father. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces," 6 Oct. 2019 Inflation is low enough that this does signal a higher real income for the average wage earner. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "The Good News: The Job Market Is Solid. The Bad News: The Job Market Is Solid.," 5 July 2019 Average wage earners can't afford to buy a home in 344 of 486 counties, or 71% of the U.S., according to a fourth-quarter analysis from real estate research firm Attom Data Solutions. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "2020 real estate forecast: Still too expensive for most people to buy or rent," 27 Dec. 2019 That compares to 30% of wage earners in the top 25%. CBS News, "Most American workers still pay the price of no paid parental leave," 23 Dec. 2019 The same can be said of higher wage earners in business and finance who have deep industry expertise that can’t yet be matched by AI. Wired, "AI May Not Kill Your Job—Just Change It," 31 Oct. 2019 However, the explosive job growth has done little to close the gap in wages, making California — and San Francisco in particular — one of the most unequal places in the country as high-wage earners push up prices for everyone else. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California unemployment rate falls to record low of 4%," 18 Oct. 2019 For parents, the high cost of care sometimes means one of them must stay home, taking a wage earner out of the workforce. Courtney Crowder, USA TODAY, "How Ivanka Trump is working on paid family leave, affordable child care -- and why it hasn’t passed," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wage earner

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Wage earner.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage%20earner. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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: someone who works for wages or a salary

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