When doing Salmon Run with friends, whose paygrade is taken as difficulty?

For instance, if in my party I have a 100% just got into it member, and a profreshional that has a paygrade of over 200%, will it be the super easy 100% paygrade difficulty, or the really hard 235% paygrade difficulty?

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Not much appears to be available on this topic, but according to one GameFAQ post:

Even though you don't get a pay raise for grouping with someone weaker, the lower ranked player will get pay raises and promotions. If you keep playing then sooner or later they'll rank up to your level and you can start earning pay raises again. You'll still earn a ton of points since the matches will be easier (for you anyways assuming your rank is higher) and you still reap the benefits of a high pay grade.

To me, this sounds like you are stuck playing on the lowest pay grade between the players. Once the lowest person's pay grade meets or exceeds the next highest, the next highest person will begin to rank up. This continues until everyone is evenly ranked, to which everyone will be able to continue to rank up at this point.

Part of this conflicts with another GameFAQ post however, which states you play on the highest pay grade instead (the rest is the same):

Almost, except it seems to me like the difficulty is set by the highest rank player, while only lower rank players can go up. Which I find... weird, but whatever, that seems to be how it worked.

More people seem to agree that it's the lower difficulty that's taken into account first (based off the length of the two posts). In my opinion, that makes more sense as well.

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    The difficulty isn't set by the highest-ranked player, it's averaged from all players. This is verifiable; for example, when I was playing with 500-600 rank points with randoms (who were probably around 10-150 points), the highest egg quotas were about 18. When I played with friends who also had 200-300 points, the egg quotas went up to 21.
    – ArrowCase
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 16:11

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