wage earner


Definition of wage earner

: a person who works for wages or salary

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Most wage earners were not affected by the income tax increase.
Recent Examples on the Web A quarter of the families received public assistance and 10% had no full-time wage earner. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "The Lasting Benefits of Preschool," 22 Oct. 2020 Not considering the impact the claiming age of the higher wage earner has on the lower-earning survivor spouse. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "6 essential pieces of information you need to apply for Social Security online," 18 June 2020 Layoffs related to the coronavirus pandemic have hit low-wage earners in jobs that require interacting with customers or can’t be done remotely the hardest. NBC News, "Trump touts 'stupendous' jobs report — but black unemployment still rose again," 5 June 2020 Many low-wage earners make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "On the front lines, Latinos fight the coronavirus, poverty and vulnerability as contagion rages through Texas," 28 May 2020 This figure varies based on income: While 62% of the top quartile of wage earners fall into this category, only 9.2% of the bottom quartile do. Donald Moore, Bloomberg.com, "Poor and Minority Workers Are Least Likely to Be Able to Work From Home," 10 May 2020 Even before the restrictions came into play, panic and fear were palpable among the daily wage earners who keep India’s cities rolling. Archana Chaudhary, Bloomberg.com, "Social Distancing a Luxury That Workers on $2 a Day Can’t Afford," 15 May 2020 Savita lives in a makeshift hut, in an informal settlement in north Mumbai, Maharashtra, with her husband, a daily wage earner and a child. Sahana Ghosh, Quartz India, "India’s lockdown has left millions holed up inside shanties without fans as summer peaks," 12 Apr. 2020 In October, the Social Security Administration will announce its cost-of-living adjustment for 2021 based on average annual increases in the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, or CPI-W, from July through September. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "There may be no Social Security cost-of-living increase next year, early estimate shows," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of wage earner

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Wage earner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage%20earner. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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: someone who works for wages or a salary

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