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 Up and down the wage scale, companies are becoming more willing to pay a little more, to train workers, to take chances on people without traditional qualifications, and to show greater flexibility in where and how people work. New York Times, 5 June 2021 Darrisaw, the 23rd overall pick, agreed to a four-year deal worth more than $13.3 million based on the NFL's rookie wage scale. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 Under the rookie wage scale in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, the total value of Bateman’s four-year contract will be about $12.6 million, including a $6.5 million signing bonus, according to Spotrac. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 12 May 2021 The change came following the 2011 CBA that implemented a rookie wage scale, which increased the value of quarterbacks on rookie contracts. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 That impact is felt doubly by people at the lower end of the wage scale who have seen their employment most affected by the pandemic’s economic fallout. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2021 Turns out, the Germans’ inflated wage scale may actually be part of their advantage. Ethan Karp, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Bernick also pointed to data showing how employment has rebounded for better paying jobs but is still hugely depressed for people at the lower end of the wage scale. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, 20 Nov. 2020 Over The Cap analyzed drafts from 2011 to 2019 (starting with the implementation of the rookie wage scale) and found that Spielman made a whopping 33 trades in those nine drafts. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of wage scale

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 17 Jun. 2021.

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