A 'salary' is the money you are paid, usually monthly, for doing a job, usually non-manual.
A 'competitive salary' is a good one for that particular job.
- I get a good salary but I need more money.
- What sort of salary are they offering?
A person who gets a salary is a 'salaried employee'.
- We are offering a very competitive salary so we should get good applicants.
- We are not recruiting the best people because our salaries are not very competitive.
If you need money, you can ask for 'a salary advance'.
- We've reduced the number of salaried employees by 50% and replaced them by temporary workers.
- It is much easier to get a loan if you are a salaried employee.
If you 'undertake a salary review', you look at all the salaries to decide which need changing.
- Can I have a salary advance? I'm broke.
- I asked my boss for a salary advance but he refused to give me one.
'A salary scale' is the range of salaries available.
- The committee are undertaking a salary review and will report back in a few weeks time.
- We need to undertake a salary review as our salaries are not very competitive.
If a salary is good, we can say that it is 'attractive'.
- When you start, you will be at the bottom of the salary scale but you will not stay there for long.
- Our salary scale is not very competitive compared to our competition.
Everybody hopes to get a 'salary increase'.
- We are offering a very attractive salary for the job.
- It is an attractive salary but I will have to work on Saturdays.
The 'basic salary' is the salary before any extras such as bonuses.
- We had no salary increase this year because the company was in trouble.
- If you offer me an increase in salary, I will stay.
When you start a job, you will receive your 'initial salary'.
- The basic salary is quite low but there are large incentive bonuses.
- I prefer to have a large basic salary as there is more security.
- The initial salary is quite low but you should get promoted to a better job quite quickly.
- If we want to recruit better people, we will have to offer a more competitive initial salary.