(also wages) noun
competitive (esp. AmE), decent, fair, good, high
inadequate, low, meagre/meager (esp. BrE), poverty, small

Women's wages were lower than men's.

He busked to supplement his meagre wages.

falling, rising
annual, daily, hourly, regular, weekly, etc.
nominal, real

Real wages fell last year, when inflation is taken into account.

basic (esp. BrE), standard

a basic wage of £100 a week plus tips

livable (esp. AmE), living

workers fighting for a living wage


The Government this week raised the national minimum wage. (esp. BrE)

They both work minimum-wage jobs. (esp. AmE)

prevailing (esp. AmE)

the prevailing wage for construction work is about $9 per hour

The prevailing wage is generally determined by local union rates.

average, median (esp. AmE)
back, lost, unpaid

to receive reimbursement for lost wages

earn, make (esp. AmE)

She earns a good wage at the factory.

15 million Americans make minimum wage.

He made a good wage as a trader.

live on

How can you live on such a low wage?


Semi-skilled tradesmen began to demand higher wages.


The store argues that it offers competitive wages.

determine, set

Markets set the wages.

increase, push up, raise

Full employment pushed up wages.

cut, depress (esp. AmE), drive down, force down, hold down, keep down, keep low, lower

They docked his wages for arriving at work two hours late.

increase, rise
labour/labor, labourer/laborer (esp. AmE), workers
slave (figurative)

my life as a corporate wage slave


The union submitted a wage claim for a 9% rise.

bargaining, negotiations
agreement, settlement
cut, reduction
cap, controls, freeze, restraint

The government promised greater tax cuts in return for continued wage restraints.

explosion, growth (esp. AmE), hike (esp. AmE), increase, inflation, rise (BrE)
bill (BrE), costs
structure, system
rate, scale (esp. AmE)
differential (esp. AmE), gap, inequality

wage differentials between large and small companies

the wage gap between men and women

packet (BrE)

He got his first wage packet at fourteen years old.

a cut in wages, a decline in wages, a fall in wages
a downward pressure on wages, an upward pressure on wages

Staff shortages have put an upward pressure on wages.

growth in wages, an increase in wages, a rise in wages (esp. BrE)
Wage is used with these nouns as the object: ↑battle, ↑campaign, ↑crusade, ↑struggle, ↑vendetta, ↑war, ↑warfare

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