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2010 APS Remuneration survey: Summary

This is not the latest report. Go to our Remuneration reports page for the most recent publication.

About the survey

The Australian Public Service (APS) Remuneration Survey is conducted annually and is based on a sample of remuneration data as at 31 December each year. The Survey was conducted by Mercer Consulting Ltd (Mercer) on behalf of the APSC.

In 2010, Government made the decision to mandate participation for all APS agencies. Accordingly, the 2010 APS Remuneration Survey captured remuneration data from 105 APS agencies, which amounted to 154,282 employee records.

Each participating agency receives four separate reports:

  • the APS SES remuneration report;
  • the APS Non-SES remuneration report;
  • a broader market comparison report; and
  • a confidential, individual agency report comparing their agency's specific remuneration findings with APS-wide data.

The SES, Non-SES and Broader Market Comparison reports are available on the APSC website.

Data in the reports is provided for the following aggregates of data:

  • Base salary;
  • Total Remuneration Package (TRP), including base salary plus: allowances; superannuation; motor vehicles; and other benefits (including Fringe Benefits Tax where applicable); and
  • Total Reward (TR), including TRP plus: performance bonuses; retention bonuses; and other bonuses.

Key findings

A summary for the 2010 Survey is detailed below. Key findings include:

  • Base salaries increased by 3.4% for non-SES and 5.7% for SES
  • TRP increased by 3.6% for non-SES and 3.3% for SES
  • TR increased by 3.4% for non-SES and 1.7% for SES

While the SES base salary increase of 5.7% is higher than the non-SES outcomes, the TRP and TR figures (3.3% and 1.7%) indicate that a substantial portion of the base salary increase is due to repackaging. Historically SES remuneration has comprised base salary and other key benefits such as an executive vehicle for private use and performance pay. The report shows only 23% of SES now have an executive vehicle (down from 37% in 2009) and 38% were eligible for performance pay (down from 54% in 2009). While the overall package has only increased by 1.7%, agencies are reducing the separate amounts for items such as performance pay and executive vehicles and tending to roll-in these items into base salary.

Median Base Salary movement:
  2010 2009
Non-SES 3.4% 6.6%
SES 5.7% 7.3%
Median Total Remuneration Package (TRP) movement:
  2010 2009
Non-SES 3.6% 6.1%
SES 3.3% 2.9%
Median Total Reward (TR) movement:
  2010 2009
Non-SES 3.4% 5.1%
SES 1.7% 2.3%


Base salary median movements for Non-SES
Band Median Base Salary
  2009 2010 Movement
  • The above tables show that wage increases have been generally lower in 2010 compared to 2009.
  • The APS5, APS6, EL1 and EL2 TRP median rates are slightly below the first quartile of the private sector rates. Only the APS1 and APS2 rates exceed the private sector medians.
  • For all non-SES classifications the median TRP in the APS was higher than that provided to comparable levels in the State/Territory public sectors.
  • The average of the APS Graduate base salaries are 3.7 per cent above the average graduate rate in the private sector.
  • As at December 2010, 98.4 per cent of non-SES employees were employed under an enterprise agreement under the Fair Work Act 2009 or a continuing Collective Agreement under the Workplace Relations Act 1996. The remaining 1.6% of non SES employees were employed under an AWA (523), section 24(1) Determination (173) or a common law contract (109).
Graduate $51,370 $53,040 3.30%
APS 1 $40,659 $41,148 1.20%
APS 2 $47,680 $49,233 3.30%
APS 3 $52,327 $54,577 4.30%
APS 4 $58,949 $61,299 4.00%
APS 5 $64,728 $67,017 3.50%
APS 6 $74,969 $77,824 3.80%
EL 1 $93,826 $97,275 3.70%
EL 2 $117,127 $120,840 3.20%


Base salary median movements for SES
Band Median Base Salary
  2009 2010 Movement
  • See comments above in the 'key findings' in relation to the SES increases.
  • Median TRP for the APS SES continues to be less than the equivalent private sector medians. Only the SES Band 1 median exceeds the first quartile of private sector.
  • Median TRP for the APS SES remain higher than comparable levels in the State/Territory public sectors.
SES 1 $149,987 $158,277 5.5%
SES 2 $189,633 $200,726 5.8%
SES 3 $248,000 $261,910 5.6%

Australian Public Service Commission

31 August 2011