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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Cllr Sleigh said that the final decision on whether to proceed was "above his pay grade" but he reiterated that Solihull was working Allen very hard to tap into opportunities.
Haters will hate on him, but he cannot and should not even try to control or manage something that is above his pay grade. As for spending time to reflect on his plans and position, Roque should now man up and come to terms with the Bible lesson: "Many are the plans in a man's heart but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Katzenberg said that he is too insignificant to comment any further on this topic, saying that "it is way above his pay grade", reports Variety.
Fangio isn't happy with the lack of progress, but he considers discussions involving the contract stalemate above his pay grade.
During a recent press event, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said (via (http://ew.com/tv/2017/02/27/supergirl-spoilers-kreisberg/) Entertainment Weekly ) that the decision to bring back Superman on the show is above his pay grade. But if Kara's (Melissa Benoist) cousin ends up visiting National City later in the season, Kreisberg said that he doesn't think anyone would love it more than them and Hoechlin.
An Indian news agency have gone too far in questioning How could a high commissioner call off; something way above his pay grade?
THE Welsh Government has been forced to clarify its position on the devolution of teachers' pay and conditions after its Education Minister said negotiations were "above his pay grade".
The idea of privileging civilians seems to suggest that some poor grunt forced or enticed to fight wars begun by people way above his pay grade, or who are claiming god-given authority, has less right to live.
Questions about the trade-offs between the rights of the Chinese to free speech, free assembly, dissent and the like are handled above his pay grade. In fact, they are handled well outside his building.
If, as Barack Obama says, knowing when life begins is "above his pay grade," why not err on the side of protecting life from conception?
ElBaradei is offering confident judgments, well above his pay grade, about Kim Jong Il's motives -- and cautious ones about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's.
He added: "I think he is acting way above his pay grade in talking about these matters anyway.