salary

The pay or wages you earn for doing your job is called your salary. You might prefer your low-paying job to one with a higher salary because you have so much fun with your co-workers.

Salary comes from the Latin word salarium, which also means "salary" and has the root sal, or "salt." In ancient Rome, it specifically meant the amount of money allotted to a Roman soldier to buy salt, which was an expensive but essential commodity. Today, salt is an inexpensive purchase at the grocery store, and your salary is certainly to be paid in your country's currency.

Definitions of salary
  1. noun
    something that remunerates
    synonyms: earnings, pay, remuneration, wage
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    combat pay
    extra pay for soldiers engaged in active combat
    double time
    a doubled wage (for working overtime)
    found
    food and lodging provided in addition to money
    half-pay
    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
    type of:
    regular payment
    a payment made at regular times
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