pay grade

[ pey-greyd ]
/ ˈpeɪ ˌgreɪd /

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.

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Idioms for 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
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