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
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Examples from the Web for wage scale

Historical Examples of wage scale

  • The adjustment of the wage-scale was a problem of some delicacy.

  • It rests in the fact that our wage-scale and standard of living are being shot to pieces by the newcomers.

  • Sometimes, too, it has been run at a loss, without any cut in the wage-scale to help the owner in that period of loss.

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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
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wage scale in Culture

wage scale

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

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