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2013 summary

The APS Remuneration Report is an annual snapshot of remuneration as at 31 December, conducted by the Australian Public Service Commission.

The 2013 APS Remuneration Report captured remuneration data from all APS agencies covering 150,706 employees.

Each agency receives two separate reports:

  • The 2013 APS Remuneration Report; and
  • a confidential Individual Agency Report that compares their agency's specific remuneration findings with APS-wide data.

The 2013 APS Remuneration Report is available on the APSC website. It provides both the SES and non-SES information into a single report.

Data in the reports is provided for the following key remuneration components:

  • Base Salary;
  • Total Remuneration Package (TRP), including base salary plus 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

The overall median Base Salary movement for all APS employees, which takes into account both incremental advancement and general salary increases, from 2012 to 2013 was 3.0%.

A summary for the 2013 Report is detailed below. Key findings include:

  • Median Base Salary increased by 2.9% for non-SES and 3.8% for SES
  • Median TRP increased by 3.2% for non-SES and 3.3% for SES
  • Median TR increased by 3.3% for non-SES and 2.8% for SES
  • The median is calculated as the remuneration level at which half of employees in that classification at the end of any year earn more while half earn less. The median movement is the percentage change in these values from 2012 to 2013 for each classification.

Historical Data

Median Base Salary Movement
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Non-SES 4.6% 6.4% 3.7% 2.4% 5.9% 2.9%
SES 5.2% 6.2% 5.6% 4.1% 4.7% 3.8%
Median Total Remuneration Package (TRP) movement
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Non-SES 4.8% 6.4% 3.7% 2.8% 6.2% 3.2%
SES 6.2% 3.0% 3.4% 3.3% 5.2% 3.3%
Median Total Reward (TR) movement
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Non-SES 5.0% 5.0% 3.7% 3.0% 6.5% 3.3%
SES 4.2% 2.6% 2.2% 3.1% 4.9% 2.8%

Please note that the APSC has used population weightings by classification to calculate the above figures which is a different methodology to previous years. As a result some of the figures will differ slightly from pre-2011 remuneration reports.

Non-SES

Base salary median movements for Non-SES
Band Median Base Salary
2012 2013 % Movement
Graduate $56,944 $60,871 6.9%
APS 1 $43,944 $45,263 3.0%
APS 2 $52,988 $54,588 3.0%
APS 3 $59,677 $61,512 3.1%
APS 4 $66,923 $69,038 3.2%
APS 5 $72,487 $74,331 2.5%
APS 6 $84,478 $86,844 2.8%
EL 1 $104,825 $108,013 3.0%
EL 2 $130,460 $133,777 2.5%
  • The Graduate classification saw the greatest increase in Base Salary compared with all other classification levels. This was due to the shift in the median due to a reduction in the number of graduates in a large agency whose Base Salary sat below the 2012 median. Note: as graduate programs are generally one year in length, the graduates from one report to another are not the same individuals.
  • APS 5 and EL 2 reported the lowest median movement, at 2.5%
  • Due to low employee mobility over the last few years, a large proportion of APS employees are remaining at the same classification in the same agency. In this situation, these employees are likely to have reached the top of the salary range for their classification. This underpins the general trend in the value of the median Base Salary at the non-SES classification levels being close to the third quartile value.
Base salary median movements for SES
Band Median Base Salary
2012 2013 % Movement
SES 1 $172,000 $178,330 3.7%
SES 2 $221,266 $229,949 3.9%
SES 3 $282,931 $300,000 6.0%
  • The SES 3 level median Base Salary movement from 2012 to 2013 was 6.0%. However this is a statistical anomaly. When the pay points for the SES Band 3s from the two years are compared, the greatest increase (6.0%) is at the median, which does not reflect outcomes across the board for the SES Band 3 group - the mean (average) Base Salary increases for SES 3 was half this at 3.0%. This is a statistical result that can occur with small sample groups, which are vulnerable to statistical anomalies.
  • The proportion of SES employees who received a performance bonus reduced in 2013 from 2012, which continues a reducing use trend since 2008.
  • There has been a reduction in the use of motor vehicle allowances from 77.4% to 74.5% in SES levels.
  • While only 5.1% of the APS are members of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme, they represent a significant proportion of the SES workforce: 24% at the SES 1 level, 35% at the SES 2 level and 39% of the SES 3 level.
  • The majority of SES have their remuneration set under a Public Service Act 24(1) determination.

Australian Public Service Commission
June 2014