Where does the word Salary come from? March 13, 2012 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: English Language The word salary evolved from salarium argentium, or “salt money”. Salt money was fees paid to Roman soldiers to buy the then precious commodity. In some instances, salt was indeed used as money. Related PostsWhat does the word Mafia mean and what does the word Cosa Nostra mean?What is the average annual salary of a major league baseball player?Where did the word crap come from and does it refer to shooting craps?Where does the word vaudeville come from?Where does the word “video” come from?