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wage scale

a schedule of wages paid workers performing related tasks in an industry or shop.
a particular employer's wage schedule.
Origin of wage scale
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He mentioned a change in the wage scale, with bonuses to all foremen and rollers.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But it is more likely that the wage scale will be readjusted from time to time and the explosion forestalled.

    Prowling about Panama George A. Miller
  • In the down-town laundries, where the wage scale runs lower, the amount is usually inadequate for the barest need.

    Making Both Ends Meet

    Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • But he proves his insincerity by adjusting his wage scale on the estimate that the guests will pass money to his employees!

    The Itching Palm William R Scott
  • At first no wage scale was set, the arrangement being that the farmer should pay what the boy was worth.

  • He did not like the wage scale that they paid him, not only for him but for people that were engaged in the same line of work.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • I was a factor in the wage scale adjustments of the Trolleymen's Union for two years.

    From the Bottom Up

    Alexander Irvine
  • Can you imagine how much money one of them aviators over in the old country ought to draw under such a wage scale?

    Worrying Won't Win Montague Glass
British Dictionary definitions for wage scale

wage scale

a schedule of wages paid to workers for various jobs in an industry, company, etc
an employer's schedule of wages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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wage scale in Culture

wage scale definition

A schedule of the wages paid to different classes of workers in a company.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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