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.

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.