I'm looking for a word (or, if no single word exists, a short expression) that includes anything that is not your base salary (e.g. overtime, bonuses, sale commisions). If possible, I would like it to not require any additional context (so "Hey, I got my x today!" could be understood, even if it sounded awkward).

  • base salary plus additional emoluments. Or: plus additional amounts. – Lambie Jun 6 '18 at 13:32
  • if you're willing to co-opt some french/spanish, extra-salarial payments could work. (really salarial should be a word in English imo) – wrymug Jun 6 '18 at 13:40
  • @rossih I'm afraid that is not English. There is no adjective in English for the noun salary. Salary plus additional payments or amounts. – Lambie Jun 6 '18 at 14:00
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    The concept "money that is not part of your base salary" exists but it has no single word. People say I got my OT (overtime) today or I got my bonus today not I got my generic-word-for-money-not-base-salary. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 6 '18 at 19:33
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    If you say you received overtime pay, a bonus, or a sales commission, it will be understood that those payments are not part of your regular (base) pay/salary. If you think a word or phrase covering all of them is necessary, you should add some rationale or context for using them. – user3169 Jun 7 '18 at 3:51

You could simply say extra pay (or, even more colloquially, extra money).

This assumes that it's paid to you by an employer, it's not part of your base salary, and it doesn't matter in what way the money gets to you.


I think you are looking for the expression cash in hand:

If someone is paid cash in hand, they are paid in notes and coins so there is no written record of the payment.


  • But overtime, bonuses, and sale commissions could be paid by, say, cheque – wrymug Jun 6 '18 at 13:33
  • cash in hand has zero to do with amounts paid over and above a base salary. – Lambie Jun 6 '18 at 14:13
  • @Lambie - really? ...if you employer wants to give you extra money without declaring them officially, what would you call it? – user070221 Jun 6 '18 at 14:15
  • @user5768790 under the table payments. But that's not what OP asked. Overtime, bonuses, and commission in most cases are as official as base salary – wrymug Jun 6 '18 at 14:20
  • @rosslh - yes, and the OP made clear they are not referring to bonuses, overtime and the like, but sort of one-off extra payment, “even if it sounded awkward”. – user070221 Jun 6 '18 at 14:23

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