- compensation based on a worker's quantitative output or production, usually an agreed sum per article of work turned out.
Origin of piece rate
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for piece rate
The lads thought they had a grievance under the piece-rate system.From Workhouse to Westminster
Another time a piece-rate girl allowed herself to be overpaid two dollars and said nothing about it.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
In this way the piece-rate principle became firmly established alongside of the hourly basis.The Railroad Problem
All of this work can be handled on a piece-rate basis, and most large concerns find this the most economical basis.
In some cases, however, a proportion of their piece-rate earning is given in addition.
- a fixed rate paid according to the quantity produced
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