Dictionary.com

pay grade

[ pey-greyd ]
/ ˈpeɪ ˌgreɪd /
Save This Word!

noun
the grade of a member of the armed services established according to a scale of increasing amounts of base pay and related to but not identical with official rank:A soldier in my pay grade had very little money.
a grade on any pay or salary scale: Advancement to a higher pay grade will depend on your job performance.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Idioms about pay grade

    be above / be beyond one's pay grade, to be above one’s level of ability, skill, knowledge, or authority: To be honest, that subject is way above my pay grade.It’s beyond this court’s pay grade to alter the doctrine.

Origin of pay grade

First recorded in 1880–85; originally a term in the U.S. armed forces
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pay grade in a sentence

FEEDBACK