starvation wages

noun
wages below the level necessary for subsistence.

Origin:
1885–90

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The ones who want to stay in the field end up teaching as adjuncts for starvation wages.
The only way to make a living was to publish, for starvation wages, in the few magazines that had come into existence.
They have no money for their transportation, for they are receiving starvation wages, or no wages at all.
There were hordes of copyists, always seeking work, which they did at starvation wages.
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