Earnings are the amount of money you make from doing a job. You'll be a lot more excited about babysitting when you learn your earnings will be more than generous.

Most earnings come from work that you've done, although money you earn from an investment can also be called earnings. Any financial profit or gain you make go into the earnings category, since you earn that money, whether through work, luck, or intelligence. The Proto-Germanic root, *aznon, means "do harvest work."

Definitions of earnings

n something that remunerates

“they saved a quarter of all their earnings
pay, remuneration, salary, wage
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combat pay
extra pay for soldiers engaged in active combat
double time
a doubled wage (for working overtime)
food and lodging provided in addition to money
reduced wage paid to someone who is not working full time
living wage
a wage sufficient for a worker and family to subsist comfortably
merit pay
extra pay awarded to an employee on the basis of merit (especially to school teachers)
minimum wage
the lowest wage that an employer is allowed to pay; determined by contract or by law
pay envelope, pay packet
wages enclosed in an envelope for distribution to the wage earner
sick pay
wages paid to an employee who is on sick leave
strike pay
money paid to strikers from union funds
take-home pay
what is left of your pay after deductions for taxes and dues and insurance etc
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regular payment
a payment made at regular times

n the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)

lucre, net, net income, net profit, profit, profits
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earning per share
the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock
windfall profit
profit that occurs unexpectedly as a consequence of some event not controlled by those who profit from it
cleanup, killing
a very large profit
fast buck, quick buck
quick or easy earnings, "they are traders out to make a fast buck"
filthy lucre
shameful profit
gross profit, gross profit margin, margin
(finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold
the amount added to the cost to determine the asking price
(finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly
fund, stock, store
a supply of something available for future use
backlog, reserve, stockpile
something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
stock dividend
a dividend paid in stock rather than in cash
extra dividend
a dividend paid in addition to the regular dividend
equalizing dividend
a dividend paid to compensate shareholders for losses resulting from a change in the dividend schedule
short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society
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the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time

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