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English definition of “earnings differential”

earnings differential

noun [C]     (also pay differential) ECONOMICS, HR
the difference in pay between two jobs with different responsibilities or between employees with different qualifications or experience: There is a growing earnings differential between high-school and college graduates.
the difference in pay between two people doing the same job or similar jobs: Actors are once again angered by the pay differential between the famous and less famous in their profession.
(Definition of earnings differential noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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