If someone ask you if you are paid well in your job, and you want to say you are not well-paid, but you are not badly-paid either. So, how do you say you are paid in the middle of the highest and lowest level? For instance;

A: Are you well-paid?

B: No, I am normally paid/medium paid/middle paid.


B: I am paid all right./OK.

I know none of them seems idiomatic, but I can't be sure what would be an idiomatic answer to mean you are not well-paid, nor badly-paid, and are paid somewhere in the middle of the highest and lowest salary?

  • We would probably say "averagely paid"
    – Astralbee
    Mar 29, 2023 at 21:24

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We would probably say "averagely paid" if we thought our pay was somewhere in the middle of what is considered low and high pay. This would be relative to the context though - whether we were talking about the average pay within the organisation we worked for, the sector we worked in, or across a wider area such as our country or even the world.

You might also consider saying 'reasonably paid', which suggests that we are neither underpaid nor overpaid for the work we do. This is more relative to what is considered reasonable or normal remuneration for the kind of work we do rather than what is paid, dictating mean averages. This term also better conveys that you are somewhat satisfied with the pay.

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    Perfect and complete explanation. I appreciate it. Thanks.
    – Yunus
    Mar 29, 2023 at 21:42

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