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Definition of pay grade in English:


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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  • Charles's intelligence, such as it is, exceeds his pay grade.
  • "Nobody told me my waiver had an expiration date or was good through only a certain pay grade," she said.
  • But what really did it for me was the day they told me what my pay grade was.


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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  • That's a policy decision. Frankly, it's above my pay grade.
  • 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.
  • I'm afraid that's, as they say in the military, "over my pay grade."

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