Gross salary is the aggregate amount of fixed wages earned by a person over a specific period of time. Thus, one might refer to gross salary per week, month, or year. The most common usage of the term is gross salary earned over a year. Management and some administrative employees are typically paid salaries, while hourly personnel are paid wages. This amount is prior to the application of taxes and other deductions, which results in net salary, and which may be a substantially smaller amount.