late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. salarie
(c.1280), O.Fr. salarie
, from L. salarium
"salary, stipend," originally "soldier's allowance for the purchase of salt," from neut. of adj. salarius
"pertaining to salt," from sal
) "salt" (see salt
). Japanese sarariman
"male salaried worker," lit. "salary-man," is from Eng. The verb meaning "to pay a regular salary to" is attested from late 15c.