The Right Salary

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 22, 2021 and last updated on May 8, 2023

The salary that people receive for their job varies according to a number of different factors. Some people think these salary differences are fair, whereas others think the opposite. There is no doubt that the salary that people get is dependent on many factors, but what is not widely agreed upon is whether all these factors should determine someone’s salary or not.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

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  • responsibility (noun)
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  • knowledge (noun)
  • experience (noun)
  • demand (noun)
  • supply (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Why do you think some jobs pay more than others?
  • How do you think people working in a low salary job can increase their salary?
  • What do you think is the most important factor that goes into how much someone gets paid?
  • What jobs do you think are overpaid? Why?
  • What jobs do you think are underpaid? Why?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.