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piece rate

  1. compensation based on a worker's quantitative output or production, usually an agreed sum per article of work turned out.
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Origin of piece rate

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for piece rate

Historical Examples

  • The lads thought they had a grievance under the piece-rate system.

    From Workhouse to Westminster

    George Haw

  • 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

    Edward Hungerford

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for piece rate

piece rate

  1. a fixed rate paid according to the quantity produced
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