(to be) above your pay grade

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition -

"(to be) above your pay grade"

to not have the knowledge, skill, authority or ability to decide about something and therefore are unwilling to participate


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - above your pay grade

"(to be) above your pay grade"

to be 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


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - above your pay grade

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  When are you going to start working on the changes to the system?

Colleague 2:  I have no clue what any of that is about.

Colleague 1:  So you are not the one making the changes?

Colleague 2:  Those changes are way above my pay grade. I would have no clue how to even start.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - above your pay grade

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  When are you going to send out the press release?

Colleague 2:  I do not have the authority to make that decision.

Colleague 1:  A little above your pay grade?

Colleague 2:  I really don't even have the power to authorize the content of the release never mind when to send it out.

(to be) above your pay grade - Usage:


(to be) above your pay grade - Gerund Form:

Being above his pay grade, the next move was kept from him.

Being above her pay grade, she declined the offer.

(to be) above your pay grade - Examples:

1)  That's well above my pay grade as well -- we'll do what we are told.

2)  I thought, this is so above my pay grade, I won't even bother imagining that I'll get this job.

3)  At end of the day, there are some powerbrokers way above my pay grade playing this game around organising this global season.

4)  ... political leadership has policy decisions to make. And that truly is above my pay grade.

5)  It is above my pay grade, but I think there should be some sort of rule change.

6)  Luckily that decision is above my pay grade, so I don't have to make it.

7)  To be perfectly honest, it's way above my pay grade. These people are smarter than I'll ever live to be.

8)  ... oil prices, or the market is going is -- alas -- above my pay grade. I really don't know.

9)  That is a matter for people well above my pay grade and I'll let those people make those decisions.

10)  I had access to a lot of information that was way above my pay grade, so I really had a sense of what the full campaign was like.

11)  The man told him it was above his pay grade, not his decision. 

12)  The facts are he leaked information that was only accessible by others above his pay grade

13)  ... has been promoted way above his pay grade and is in way over his head.

14)  ... can access sensitive information that is, in theory, above their pay grade.

15)  ... or other confidential information they consider to be above their pay grade

16)  ... stay silent and say these issues are out of our hands and above our pay grade

17)  ... and illogical regulatory environment they have created is above our pay grade to understand.

18)  Some information, intelligence, and cloak-and-dagger positions are shielded and above our pay grade when it comes to identifying how much they are.

19)  ... superiors are likely to shut you down by saying you're going above your pay grade.

20)  ... spout off about things that you have no clue about and way above your pay grade. Makes you look an idiot.