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wage scale (plural wage scales)

  1. (business, labor relations) A system of remuneration for workers which specifies levels of payment based on set criteria, such as the skill levels of the various jobs or the number of years of experience possessed by workers.
    • 1986 July 26, "Delta's Pilots Reach Tentative 3-Year Pact," New York Times (retrieved 19 Jan 2012):
      The contract also calls for establishing a wage scale that would start newly hired employees at salaries equal to 66 percent of existing pay rates.
    • 2007 Nov. 26, Laura Blue, "Success Depends on Others Failing," Time:
      A wage scale should reflect job and performance differences fairly, or else firms risk alienating their staff.