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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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It's above my pay grade to discuss whether it will happen or not .
That's for people above my pay grade to make that decision, so we'll leave it up to them.
People above my pay grade make that decision, so we'll leave it up to them.
Australia has (its) domestic schedule - a full round of Shield cricket - and it's above my pay grade to sort those things.
The detail in the work we've being doing so far has been very good but it's above my pay grade as to how many we're going to bring in.
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Technical details of military aircraft and the intricacies of government procurement policies are way above my pay grade.
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.
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," The Daily Mirror quoted Swann, as saying.
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.