Meaning of “salary” in the English Dictionary

"salary" in British English

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salarynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈsæl.ər.i/ us /ˈsæl.ɚ.i/

B1 a fixed amount of money agreed every year as pay for an employee, usually paid directly into his or her bank account every month:

an annual salary of £40,000
His net monthly salary is €2,500.
She's on quite a good/decent salary in her present job.
He took a drop in (= accepted a lower) salary when he changed jobs.
a ten percent salary increase

More examples

  • She retired at 50 on a full salary.
  • It's not by any means a brilliant salary but it's adequate for our needs.
  • Your salary will be paid on the third week of each calendar month.
  • They're raising three kids on one small salary so money is very tight.
  • I wouldn't work for them if they paid me twice my current salary.

(Definition of “salary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"salary" in American English

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salarynoun [ C ]

us /ˈsæl·ə·ri/

aa fixed amount of money paid to someone for the work the person is employed to do, esp. the amount paid every year:

a meager/generous salary
Teachers’ salaries would rise an average of $1000 under the proposal.
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈsæl·ə·rid/

All our salaried employees have agreed to take a pay cut.

(Definition of “salary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"salary" in Business English

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salarynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈsæləri/ us plural salaries

HR, WORKPLACE the total amount of money that an employee is paid every year to do their job, or one of the payments they receive each month as part of this:

an annual/a monthly salary Her annual salary exceeds €100,000.
be on a salary of sth He must be on a salary of at least $90,000.
pay sb a salary of sth I was being paid a salary of around $75,000.
earn/get a salary
high/low salary
salary increase/cut Employees say they expect salary cuts of 13% or more.
Your starting salary will be in line with your previous experience.
on (a) salary I have six more months on salary after I step down.
He earns about $1.2 million in salary and benefits at the bank.
a competitive salary

(Definition of “salary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)