wage scale


: a schedule of wage rates for related tasks
broadly : the general level of wages in an industry or region

Examples of wage scale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One category of workers would not receive a pay increase under the plan: About 5,700 inmates hired by the California Prison Industry Authority, a separate employer within CDCR, who are paid on a different wage scale. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2023 In 2018 a majority of Teamsters voted against ratifying the current contract with UPS, which included the two-tier wage scale for the first time. Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, 25 July 2023 The union also pointed to other concessions from GM, including an agreement to make five payments of $500 to current retirees and surviving spouses; restoration of cost-of-living adjustments; a three-year progression to the top of the wage scale; and a right to strike over plant closures. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2023 In a key concession to the union, GM has agreed to boost its auto parts warehouse workers up to the higher wage scale that vehicle assembly workers earn. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 Escudero is at the top tier on the wage scale after 30 years at the facility, making more than $31 an hour. Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 The deal mandates that drafted players sign a rookie contract — on a rookie wage scale — for four years, with the possibility of negotiating an extension only after year three. Ben Blatt, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 The collective bargaining agreement that dictates rules around the rookie wage scale and franchise tag process expires in 2030. Ben Blatt, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 And many new hires are paid at a lower wage scale than veteran employees, at least initially. Chris Isidore, CNN, 25 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wage scale was in 1900

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“Wage scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage%20scale. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

wage scale

: a list of wage rates for related tasks
also : the general level of wages for an area or region
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