Definition of pay grade in English:

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pay grade


A grade or level on a pay scale: workers are to be balloted by the union for a proposed strike over the secretaries' pay grades
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  • The salaries of the remaining employees will be cut with the size of the cut depending on the pay grade.
  • With time, he'll work his way into a higher pay grade with more responsibility.
  • The last cycle promoted more than 24,000 Sailors to their next pay grade.


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
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  • He said the matter "really is beyond my pay grade."
  • My guess is the "above the pay grade" answer will go out the window.
  • You know, that's really above my pay grade.

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