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    wage and salary

    Hello!
    Could you tell me what is the principle difference bitween these words?
    When shall we use "wage" and when "salary"
    Thanks in advance

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    "Wage" is typically used to state how much you earn per hour, and "salary" is used for your yearly earnings. So, someone that has a wage of $20 per hour has an approximate salary of $41,000.
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    "Wage" and "Salary" have the nearly same meaning and are almost completely interchangeable. I use salary more than wage.
    Here are my definitions.

    Salary usually refers to rate of pay (usually by year) and it is never plural when referring to single person.
    Example: His salary is $50,000 per year.
    Example: Their salaries are $50,000 per year.

    Wage is rate of pay per hour, day, or payperiod. It can be plural.
    Example: His wage is $25 per hour.

    You can probably say the following and nobody would care.
    His wages are $50,000 per year.
    His salary is $25 per hour.
    and maybe
    His wage is $50,000 per year. (This sounds a bit strange)

    You CANNOT say
    His salaries are $50,000 per year.
    Какая разница, умереть богатым или бедным?

    Какой толк от богатства если ты не счастлив.

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    Chort. Fantom beat me.

    Also, "wage" can mean "to engage" when referring to battles or wars.
    Example: Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe
    Какая разница, умереть богатым или бедным?

    Какой толк от богатства если ты не счастлив.

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    Thanks a lot!
    I'll keep it in mind.

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    why do ppl ask such questions in a RUSSIAN GRAMMAR section???

    this is a basic question, though

    what's the russian word for wage or salary??
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwatts59
    Chort.
    I have to ask, what does "chort" mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fantom605
    I have to ask, what does "chort" mean?
    -Fantom


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    Quote Originally Posted by fantom605
    Quote Originally Posted by kwatts59
    Chort.
    I have to ask, what does "chort" mean?
    -Fantom
    чёрт is a mild profanity like darn.
    It literally means "devil".

    I looked up salary in wage in Rambler.
    оклад = wage
    жалованье = salary
    Какая разница, умереть богатым или бедным?

    Какой толк от богатства если ты не счастлив.

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    "Жалованье" sounds archaic, nobody uses it. "Oклад" is a word from soviet times. In some jobs during soviet time monthly bonuses ("премия") were usual. "Oклад" was used to name salary without this bonus.

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    Ah yes, the good ol' Monthly bonuses of which we used to depend on to take the car for the extra spin around the block, the extra day at the dacha, the one bowl of borsch too many. Those were the days in which every russian citizen could afford a pair of blue jeans, but would never buy them. Lenin invented that bonus in 1922, but with perestrioka Gorby THREW them out the window along with each of the soviet states. I miss my премия
    Вот это да, я так люблю себя. И сегодня я люблю себя, ещё больше чем вчера, а завтра я буду любить себя to ещё больше чем сегодня. Тем что происходит,я вполне доволен!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vesh
    "Жалованье" sounds archaic, nobody uses it. "Oклад" is a word from soviet times. In some jobs during soviet time monthly bonuses ("премия") were usual. "Oклад" was used to name salary without this bonus.
    So what are the correct words for salary and wage?

    P.S. I added your name to the list on the other thread.
    Какая разница, умереть богатым или бедным?

    Какой толк от богатства если ты не счастлив.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwatts59
    So what are the correct words for salary and wage?
    Зарплата.

    Quote Originally Posted by kwatts59
    P.S. I added your name to the list on the other thread.
    Thanks.

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