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slid·ing scale

A scale in which indicated prices, taxes, or wages vary in accordance with another factor, as wages with the cost-of-living index or medical charges with a patient's income.

sliding scale

(Economics) a variable scale according to which specified wages, tariffs, prices, etc, fluctuate in response to changes in some other factor, standard, or conditions

slid′ing scale′

1. a wage scale that varies with the selling price of goods produced, the cost of living, or profits.
2. a price scale, as of fees, that varies according to the ability of individuals to pay.
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Noun1.sliding scale - a wage scale that fluctuates in response to the cost-of-living index
wage scale, wage schedule - a schedule of wages paid for different jobs

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States use a variety of methods to pay for direct services including sliding scale fees and public or private insurance in addition to Federal and state IDEA funding.
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Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or want to know about our sliding scale fees.