02/09/16 The Difference between ‘Salary’, ‘Wage’, and ‘Wages’

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Generally, people who get paid a “salary” get their money monthly, and get the same amount each month. A salary usually doesn’t change based on the number of hours you work.

If you get paid a “salary”, you usually say things like “I make $30,000 a year.”
If you get paid a wage, it usually means that you get a certain amount per hour. The more hours you work, the more money you will make.

Examples:
What’s the minimum wage in the U.S. these days?
Most people in the film industry don’t even make a decent living wage.
The government takes almost 30% of your wages for taxes.
They’re considering cutting wages due to the recession.

“Wages” usually refers to the actual money that a person makes, while “wage” is a more abstract idea of the rate for a person’s time.