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DefinedMeaning talk:wage (1108939)

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Note: This DM is for English "wage", which in English is different from "salary".

As far as I understood, wages are mostly for industry workers, having a certain amount of money per hours of works. Salary is for teachers or engineers, or other high-education works where the amount of money is fixed for each month (or year).

I am not sure how to reflect this in the definitions, and how to manage the translations. --Kip 13:15, 4 August 2012 (CEST)

The work doesn't have to be hourly. The word is used mainly for manual work nowadays. The Oxford English Dictionary(OED) defines "wage" as follows:
2. A payment to a person for service rendered. Formerly used widely, e.g. for the salary or fee paid to persons of official or professional status. Now (exc. in rhetorical language) restricted to mean: The amount paid periodically, esp. by the day or week or month, for the labour or service of an employee, worker, or servant.Commonly in pl. (after French gages). The sing. is now either dial. or has a rhetorical flavour; but it has sometimes a special convenience with reference to a particular instance or amount.
In contrast, OED defines "salary" as follows:
1. Fixed payment made periodically to a person as compensation for regular work: now usually restricted to payments made for non-manual or non-mechanical work (as opposed to wages).
--InfoCan 15:38, 4 August 2012 (CEST)