Definition of be above (or beyond) one's pay grade in US English:

be above (or beyond) one's pay grade


  • Be above one's level of responsibility or outside one's sphere of expertise.

    ‘such decisions were above his pay grade’
    ‘most of this cybersecurity stuff is way beyond my pay grade’
    • ‘To quote somebody famous, that's above my pay grade.’
    • ‘My guess is the "above the pay grade" answer will go out the window.’
    • ‘Num Sum provides basic spreadsheet functions - all I need, since 95% of Excel is above my pay grade.’
    • ‘He fudged: "Answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."’
    • ‘Click here for details; the statistics involved in this argument are above my pay grade.’
    • ‘Well, yes, these are all problems that are way above my pay grade.’
    • ‘That's a policy decision. Frankly, it's above my pay grade.’
    • ‘You know, that's really above my pay grade.’
    • ‘Answers to these questions are above my pay grade, I'm afraid.’
    • ‘Staff officers provide the commander with an overwhelming amount of information unless they have learned to analyze the information at a skills level previously above their pay grade.’
    • ‘That's about 10 levels above our pay grade.’
    • ‘This isn't my subject and I am venturing way beyond my pay grade.’
    • ‘I'm afraid that's, as they say in the military, "over my pay grade."’
    • ‘He said the matter "really is beyond my pay grade."’
    • ‘To use the military jargon, that's above my pay grade.’
    • ‘A retro drive toward the Catskills on Wednesday, with Chopin (way above my customary cultural pay grade) playing on the radio, had its pleasures.’
    • ‘It turns out it is above the pay grade of a posse member to suggest such things.’
    • ‘But that was above my pay grade.’
    • ‘But because the military is a tool of the civilian leadership and its policies, such decisions are ultimately "above the pay grade" of any uniformed officer.’
    • ‘I believe that there were some system failures that were certainly beyond his pay grade, and that he simply did not have the authority to make decisions or not make decisions.’