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In the sense "salary; wage; stipend", the word Gehalt can be either masculine or neuter. dict.cc writes this as

das/[österr. auch] der Gehalt

What is the difference between the word in these genders? Do they carry different connotations? Could I use the neutral form in Austria and the masculine in Germany?

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I never heared "der Gehalt", it sounds kind of weird to me. –  Hellenologophilist May 28 '11 at 8:07
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Only in the other meaning of "concentration" –  Hellenologophilist May 28 '11 at 8:42

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Like you said, Das Gehalt means the salary. Der Gehalt means salary in Austria, and it means the content (in a mixture). (wiktionary, duden)

Das Gehalt ist Tarifgebunden

Der Fettgehalt der Milch is 3,8 %.

The masculine form just doesn't work, if you're talking about Salary, in Germany. Austria uses both forms, but drifts towards using the neutral form.

  • Leaving aside whether they're understood properly: they don't carry different connotations.

Switzerland, southern Germany, and - to a lesser extend - Austria also use Salär.

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"The neutral form just doesn't work, if you're talking about Salary, in Germany." neutral? –  splattne May 28 '11 at 8:19
    
Oops! :-) Corrected –  Stefano Palazzo May 28 '11 at 8:23
    
I know Austrians speaking of Salär instead of Gehalt. –  bernd_k May 28 '11 at 8:47
    
Salär kommt wohl von französisch salaire. –  starblue Jun 1 '11 at 12:11
    
"Salär" in southern Germany? Never heard of it in Bavaria. Here its called "Lohn, Gehalt" –  Fraggles Mar 18 at 10:52

There is no semantic difference.

If you're primarily communicating with people in Germany I recommend using the neutrum version "das Gehalt".

In Austria both forms are common. I'm pretty sure that the neutrum form is the predominant gender too.

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der Gehalt = content, proportion, percentage, concentration

das Gehalt = salary, pay, remuneration

As a German, I'm not informed about the above mentioned Austrian variants, but in Germany, "der Gehalt" has nothing to do with getting paid for work.

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That's why I clarified that I meant the sense "salary; wage; stipend". Good to know that a German has never heard the masculine form. –  Tim N May 28 '11 at 8:22

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