Legal Definition and Related Resources of Salary

Meaning of Salary

A remuneration made periodically to a person under a contract for service ; wages . To be distinguished from a fee which is payable on a contract for services, such as that of a lawyer or a surgeon. A salary, on the other hand, is payable to a servant under a contract for service, under which contract the servant obeys all lawful orders of his master and submits to his supervision and direction.

Salary Alternative Definition

(from “salarium,” sal, salt, the medium of payment to the Roman soldiers). The periodical allowance or compensation to a person for his official or professional services or for his regular work. 193 Mich. 476; 105 Cal. 212; 10 Ind. 85. A reward or recompense for services performed. It is applied to the reward paid to a public officer for the performance of his official duties. Salary is also applied to the reward paid for the performance of other services; but if it be not fixed for each year, it is called “honorarium.” Poth. ad Pand. According to M. Duvergier, the distinction between “honorarium” and “salary” is this: By the former is understood the reward given to the most elevated professions for services performed; and by the latter, the price of hiring of domestic servants and worfemen. 19 TouUier, Dr. Civ. n. 268, p. 292, note. There is this difference between “salary” and “price,” the former is the reward paid for services or for the hire of things; the latter is the consideration paid for a thing sold. Lee. Elm. §§ 907, 908. “Salary” and “wages” have been held to be synonymous (24 Fla. 29), but in other cases, distinctions have been suggested, one, that salary is per annum compensation (42 Alb. Law J. 832), and another, that the difference lies in the more or less honorable character of the services for which they are paid. 99 Pa. St. 642.

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Allowance, Emolument, Honorarium, Lucrative, Remuneration, Severance Pay, Stipend.


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Concept of Salary in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Salary: A compensation for services, usually paid at specified intervals, and of a set amount.

Concept of Salary in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Salary: A compensation for services, usually paid at specified intervals, and of a set amount.


Legal English Vocabulary: Salary in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term salary into Spanish: sueldo (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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See Also

  • Wage
  • Wages
  • Salary
  • Minimum Wage
  • Fair Labor
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