wage scale

noun

Definition of 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 Altogether, state employees will see up to a 15% increase in pay over the two years, with those at the top of their wage scale seeing an average 10% raise. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers urge action on budget, as Gov. Kate Brown waits on Congress," 1 July 2020 Those at the lower end of the wage scale who, in aggregate terms, can benefit most from a boom are the hardest hit in the slump. David Blanchflower, The New York Review of Books, "The Pandemic Jobless Youthquake," 8 May 2020 Now rookies are slotted into a wage scale, with each rookie making slightly less than the one drafted before. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "How much will Browns draft picks be paid in 2020?," 27 Apr. 2020 This outcome costs Okudah a couple of million dollars on the NFL’s rookie wage scale. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Is Ohio State football’s Jeff Okudah the future star most likely to drop in NFL Draft 2020?," 14 Apr. 2020 One year later the collective bargaining agreement was up, and thus began the rookie wage scale. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Food pantries need extra cash donations right now, while groceries are hard to come by, schools are closed, and millions of workers, especially at the low end of the wage scale, are facing layoffs and reductions in hours. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "How to keep your sanity when you feel like the world is going crazy," 22 Mar. 2020 The salary cap, rookie wage scale and migration of strategies from the college to the professional game have placed more of a premium than ever on playing rookies in the NFL. Josh Dubow, baltimoresun.com, "Rising stars, early disappointments and late-round gems: Breaking down the 2019 NFL rookie class," 7 Dec. 2019 The advent of the NFL’s rookie wage scale, part of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, has made draft picks even more valuable, as first-year players are automatically locked into artificially low—and artificially long—contracts. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "The Trouble With Tanking," 1 Oct. 2019

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Wage scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage%20scale. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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