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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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 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

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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