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Which is correct: above your pay grade or beyond your pay grade? If both are alright, which is better?

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I think this is General Reference. Googling "beyond my pay grade" gets 281,000 hits, whereas "above my pay grade" gets 2,270,000 hits (the top one being a Wikipedia article on the idiomatic usage). – FumbleFingers Dec 9 '12 at 14:31
I think it is above – user31952 Dec 9 '12 at 14:32

In the UK, it's usually above.

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Someone disagree? – Barrie England Dec 9 '12 at 16:49

In the USA, it's also usually above. Beyond would suggest that it's not possible for you to ever reach that pay grade because you haven't got the required education for the job, for example.

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Take a few extra hours or a freelance job and you can get the thing that is above. Despair that you totally can't afford it if it's beyond.

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