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

n something that remunerates

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)
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

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