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An HR Glossary for HR Terms

Glossary of Human Resources Management and Employee Benefit Terms

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Base Wage Rate

What Is a Base Wage Rate?

A base wage rate is the amount of income an employee receives before benefits, deductions, bonuses, and other modifications. The base wage rate relates to the employee’s pay rate and schedule, which can be an hourly wage or a weekly, monthly, or annual salary. The base wage rate with additional incentives added determines the employee’s gross income. See the What Is Gross vs. Net Income? glossary entry for more information on deductions that can alter an employee’s take-home pay from their base wage rate. 

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