Where Do You Put the Dollar Sign in American English?

The currency of the United States is the U.S. Dollar (abbreviated as USD) and the symbol used is $. This symbol is called the dollar sign.

The question is… when used with a number, where does the dollar sign go? To the right of the number? To the left? Underneath?

To the Left of the Number with No Spaces

There is only one way to correctly use the dollar sign (when referring to U.S. dollars.) It must go to the left of the number, without any spaces between the dollar sign and the number. These are all correct uses of the dollar sign:


We raised $2,000,000 in funding.

That startup charges $9.99 per month.

Not to the Right!

The dollar sign cannot be placed to the right of the number. This sentence is incorrect:

My starting salary is 60,000$ per year.

No Spaces

Finally, there should never be any spaces in between the number and the dollar sign. This sentence is incorrect:

Why are we paying $ 200 a month for this app when I can build it myself?

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