Quick answer
"Wage" is a noun which is often translated as "el salario", and "pay" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "pagar". Learn more about the difference between "wage" and "pay" below.
wage(
weyj
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (rate of pay)
a. el salario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Donna earns a wage of $10 an hour at her job.Donna gana un salario de $10 la hora en su trabajo.
b. el sueldo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The minimum wage in some countries is a minimum daily wage, not an hourly wage.El sueldo mínimo en algunos países es un sueldo diario, no por hora.
2. (remuneration)
a. la paga
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Lucy spends half her wages on rent.Lucy gasta la mitad de su paga en la renta.
b. el sueldo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Low wages are a problem for the economy.Los sueldos bajos son un problema para la economía.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to unleash)
a. emprender
The new mayor pledges to wage a relentless war on crime.El nuevo alcalde se compromete a emprender una guerra sin cuartel contra el crimen.
b. hacer
The Spanish waged war against the Moors during the Reconquista.Los españoles les hicieron la guerra a los moros durante la Reconquista.
c. librar
The dictator was accused of waging war on his own citizens.El dictador fue acusado de librar una guerra contra sus propios ciudadanos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (remunerative)
a. salarial
The union negotiated a wage agreement with management.El sindicato negoció un acuerdo salarial con la gerencia.
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pay(
pey
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to give payment to)
a. pagar
He finally paid me the money that he owed me.Por fin me pagó el dinero que me debía.
b. abonar
The amount specified must be paid within one month after enrollment.La cantidad indicada deberá ser abonada en el plazo de un mes después de la inscripción.
c. saldar
With this last payment, I have paid all my debts.Con este último pago, he saldado todas mis deudas.
2. (to bestow)
a. prestar (attention)
If you don't pay attention in class, you won't do well on the exam.Si no prestas atención en clase, el examen no te irá bien.
b. presentar (respects)
Before the event, we will pay our respects to the hosts.Antes del evento, presentaremos nuestros respetos a los anfitriones.
3. (to give)
a. hacer
He paid me what I took to be a very insincere compliment.Me hizo un cumplido que me pareció muy poco sincero.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to give money that is due)
a. pagar
Sure, I'll take a trip to Europe with you. Will you pay?Sí, claro que me voy contigo a Europa. ¿Pagas tú?
b. costar
How much did you pay for that dress?¿Cuánto te costó ese vestido?
5. (to give what is due; often used with "for")
a. pagar
He paid for his crimes with prison.Pagó sus delitos con la cárcel.
6. (to compensate)
a. salir a cuenta
It always pays to tell the truth.Siempre sale a cuenta decir la verdad.
b. ser rentable
Freelancing doesn't pay very well.El trabajo autónomo no es muy rentable.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (money received for work)
a. la paga
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They didn't offer him good pay so he respectfully declined.La paga que le ofrecieron no era buena, así que respetuosamente rechazó la oferta.
b. el sueldo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I hate my job but the pay is great.Odio mi trabajo pero el sueldo es genial.
c. el salario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What is a teacher's average pay?¿Cuál es el salario medio de un profesor?
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