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 As the economy reopened and employers struggled to hire — while inflation juiced the costs of everything from a head of lettuce to a month’s rent — tips increasingly failed to keep subminimum wage earners afloat, Jayaraman said. J.j. McCorvey, NBC News, 6 Jan. 2024 Spending patterns cover urban consumers, wage earners and clerical workers in urban or metropolitan areas. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2024 Here are ten Indiana cities willing to pay high wage earners thousands of dollars to make the Hoosier state their new home. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Mar. 2024 Taxpayers who just have one or two years missing and are regular wage earners don’t necessarily need an attorney. Guinevere Moore, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Ladders’ data shows that remote work opportunities for the highest wage earners have fallen every quarter since Q3 of 2022. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024 His argument, in a nutshell, is that profits and rents will grow faster than wages and that over time there will be a growing gap between the owners of capital and wage earners. Robert Lawson, Orange County Register, 5 Feb. 2024 The trend had deepened concerns throughout UC that some of the California’s poorest students might be missing out on the system’s top-notch education — and the opportunity to be launched into the highest echelons of wage earners who help the future state economy. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Fierce competition for workers has pushed employers to continue to raise wages, with the bottom 25 percent of wage earners seeing the biggest wage gains this year, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wage earner was in 1861

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“Wage earner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage%20earner. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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