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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Without wage earners, or when workers’ time and labor are cheapened for easy sale, who will be the market for the products of these industries? Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Lawmakers passed a constitutional amendment that will ask voters to change the state's constitution to allow for a progressive income tax that would impose higher taxes on higher wage earners. Dan Mccaleb, Daily Southtown, "McCaleb: Lawmakers 'hard work' pays off for them, not taxpayers," 7 June 2019 The New Jersey senator also has a plan to build more affordable housing units for low-wage earners. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Cory Booker Gives Tax Credits To Renters Under New Plan," 6 June 2019 In the years after they were audited, wage earners were 68% less likely to claim the credit compared with similar taxpayers who had not been audited. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "It’s Getting Worse: The IRS Now Audits Poor Americans at About the Same Rate as the Top 1%," 30 May 2019 This is supposed to help wage earners, but pay rates haven’t ticked up. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Wage Stagnation Is Everyone’s Problem," 14 Aug. 2018 That means higher tax rates on even modest wage earners; taxes on retirement savings like 401(k)s or college savings accounts. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Visions of a 70% Tax Rate," 15 Jan. 2019 Dating is the beginning of a relationship, not an interview for a nanny, housekeeper or a second wage earner. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Thinking of setting up a friend who lost a spouse? Here's when to do it," 8 June 2018 Unlike wage earners who have their income separately reported to the IRS, business owners are often on the honor system. Paul Kiel, The Seattle Times, "Hobbled by budget cuts, the IRS brings fewer tax fraud cases," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of wage earner

1861, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who works for wages or a salary

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