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above (one's) pay grade

1. The responsibility of those who are of a higher authority than oneself, denoted by the level of pay that one receives in comparison to one's superiors. All these questions you're asking are above your pay grade. He had some great ideas about how to run the company, but contributing such things was above his pay grade.
2. Above or beyond one's general skill, knowledge, ability, or willingness to participate. He soon realized that the details of the IT development project were a bit above his pay grade. Sorry, fishing garbage out of the lake is above my pay grade.
See also: above, grade, pay
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2 SEPP BLATTER MIGHT BE THE GREATEST ACTOR IN THE WORLD The FIFA stuff is probably above my pay grade a little bit, but now the FBI are involved it'll probably all come out in the wash.
Even that might not have helped: "These decisions not to reach out to these people were made by editors above my pay grade," said the head of the fact-checking department.
And that's above my pay grade, and I'm not involved at all in any opinion in what should and shouldn't be done.
He added: "Whether the rough will be lower than usual is a decision that's above my pay grade.
They have different restrictions because of the way the deal works, although that's way above my pay grade.
No decision has been made and I rather suspect it would be above my pay grade to make that particular decision, and certainly I think it slightly early to look at that at this very point.
Well, I think that whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.
It's a decision that will be made above my pay grade and I'm sure it will be in the best interests of the side.
When I started to write this article, I realized that writing about a multibillion project is way above my pay grade, because you have to understand politics and business.
you know," Obama began haltingly, "I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity is, you know, is above my pay grade.
Being the last PAO in Athens has been a great experience for me, as I was in meetings way above my pay grade and I learned first-hand how, and why, certain decisions are made.
Even with spotting scopes, trying to assess a rack at 500 to 1,000 yards is above my pay grade.
Luckily, a lot of this stuff is above my pay grade.
Dr Howells, who currently chairs the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, said: "She's way above my pay grade.
With 2009 in the rearview mirror, it's time to look ahead to a new year and the dawn of a new decade that is way above my pay grade so I called upon an expert, Miss Gina of the Psychic Cottage in Woodland Hills.