noun, plural sal·a·ries.

a fixed compensation periodically paid to a person for regular work or services.

Origin of salary

1350–1400; Middle English salarie < Anglo-French < Latin salārium salt money. See sal, -ary
Related formssal·a·ry·less, adjective
Can be confusedsalary celerysalary wages

Synonyms for salary

See pay1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salary

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Historical Examples of salary

  • I have had my salary raised and am now rejoicing in twenty-two dollars a week.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Of course, I was expecting something—a boost in salary, or something like that.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • With your own salary, and your friend's, and your writings, you'd make—ah!

  • I know that he has drawn money—papa's salary and his own: he mentioned it incidentally.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Tom saw, at a glance, that it was his own salary for the current quarter.

British Dictionary definitions for salary


noun plural -ries

a fixed regular payment made by an employer, often monthly, for professional or office work as opposed to manual workCompare wage (def. 1)

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(tr) to pay a salary to

Word Origin for salary

C14: from Anglo-Norman salarie, from Latin salārium the sum given to Roman soldiers to buy salt, from sal salt
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Word Origin and History for salary

late 13c., "compensation, payment," whether periodical, for regular service or for a specific service; from Anglo-French salarie, Old French salaire "wages, pay, reward," from Latin salarium "salary, stipend, pension," originally "salt-money, soldier's allowance for the purchase of salt," noun use of neuter of adjective salarius "pertaining to salt," from sal (genitive salis) "salt" (see salt (n.)). Japanese sarariman "male salaried worker," literally "salary-man," is from English.


"to pay a regular salary to," late 15c., from salary (n.). Related: Salaried, which as an adjective in reference to positions originally was contrasted with honorary; lately with hourly.

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