above (one's) pay grade

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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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That is not my job," they said, essentially meaning that it was above their pay grade.
Every teacher knows that aside from a few comments during the open-discussion portion of a union meeting, such lofty concerns are addressed far above their pay grade.
The payments bumped up the wages of some staff two or three bands above their pay grade - more than pounds 64,000 in one case - and, if not claimed, would have allowed the unit to recruit more staff.
Soldiers who fill positions above their pay grade should be paid at the rate associated with the higher grade.
It is as if some matters are for those above their pay grade like in the civil service.