Define: Wages

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Wages

Quick Summary of Wages

Payments made to employees for their services. Wages are classified as business expenses.

What is the dictionary definition of Wages?

Dictionary Definition

A wage is the remuneration paid to hourly-paid employees for work performed, and is typically based on the number of hours spent at the place of work.


Full Definition of Wages

An amount of money paid to a worker for a specified quantity of work, usually calculated on an hourly basis and expressed in an amount of money per hour.

This monetary remuneration may also be computed on an hourly, daily, weekly, or piece work basis. A fixed weekly or monthly wage is usually called a salary.


Examples of Wages in a sentence

Given your considerable skill set and the significant value you’ve brought to the company, Human Resources has now decided that your demand for higher wages is perfectly reasonable and are willing to accept your request.
Apparently, it turns out that my employer deducted twenty pounds from my wages this week, because I was late last week. I’m not sure if that’s legal or not.
In the UK, Tax and national insurance are deducted from your wages automatically.
The law requires companies to pay liveable wages to their employees.
He spent his free time busking in the local park in order to supplement his meagre wages.
The corporate giants were accused to trying to drive down wages in order to make maximise profits.
Her wages were only four hundred pounds a week.
His wages has considerably increased over the past year.
Their wages were barely enough to pay the rent on their London property.

Synonyms For Wages

salary, remuneration, reward, compensation, wage

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
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Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
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American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Wages are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 28th December 2018.