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6. Historical data

The following section provides historical data on the:

  • median Base Salary for all classifications since 2006;
  • percentage change in median Base Salary for all classifications since 2006; and
  • percentage change in median Total Reward by classification since 2006.

When considering the historical data, change in methodology over the reported period need to be taken into account. Prior to 2010 participation in the APS Remuneration Surveys was voluntary. In 2011, the data collection changed from being managed by a private contractor to being the responsibility
of the Australian Public Service Commission. Changes in the collection and treatment of data have occurred across the entire period in which the APS remuneration data has been reported on.

Figure 6.1 shows the number of employees included in the APS Remuneration Reports for the past 10 years. There has been a significant increase in the number of employees from when participation was voluntary to when it became compulsory for all agencies.

Over the last decade, median Base Salaries have consistently increased, though the increases in 2014 and 2015 have been smaller than previous years. The greatest increase in median Base Salary was reported in 2009, with increases of 6.4% at the non-SES classifications, 6.2% at the SES classifications
and an overall increase of 6.4%.

The smallest increase in median Base Salaries were in 2014 and 2015, with increases of 0.1% at the non-SES classifications, 0.2% and 1.4% respectively at the SES classifications and a 0.1% overall increase in both years.

The greatest increase in median Total Reward was recorded in 2012, with increases of 6.5% at the non-SES classifications, 4.9% at the SES classifications and an overall increase of 6.5%. Consistent with median Base Salaries, the smallest year-to-year change in median Total Reward was in 2015, with
an increase of 0.7% at the SES classifications, a decrease of 0.2% at the non-SES classifications and an overall decrease of 0.1%.

Figure 6.1: Number of employees included in the APS Remuneration Report by year, 2006 to 2015

Figure 6.2: Median Base Salary by classification: Graduate to EL 1, 2006 to 2015

Source: Table 6.1

Figure 6.3: Median Base Salary by classification: EL and SES, 2006 to 2015

Source: Table 6.1

Table 6.1: Median Base Salary by classification, 2005 to 2015
Classification 2005 $ 2006 $ 2007 $ 2008 $ 2009 $ 2010 $ 2011 $ 2012 $ 2013 $ 2014 $ 2015 $
Graduate 41,000 43,412 45,902 49,753 51,370 53,040 55,162 56,944 59,407 60,158 60,158
APS 1 33,935 35,371 36,040 37,371 40,659 41,148 41,151 43,944 45,263 47,004 47,736
APS 2 39,028 40,300 40,786 43,682 47,680 49,233 50,471 52,998 54,588 54,588 54,588
APS 3 43,923 45,345 46,542 49,000 52,327 54,577 56,215 59,677 61,512 61,512 61,512
APS 4 48,944 50,833 52,812 55,343 58,949 61,299 63,243 66,923 69,038 69,239 69,239
APS 5 53,931 56,400 58,825 61,000 64,728 67,017 68,092 72,487 74,331 74,331 74,451
APS 6 62,775 65,519 68,000 70,580 74,969 77,824 79,555 84,478 86,844 86,844 86,923
EL 1 77,767 80,921 84,875 88,270 93,826 97,275 99,378 104,825 108,013 108,013 108,382
EL 2 96,063 100,000 105,299 110,400 117,127 120,840 124,140 130,460 133,777 133,905 133,905
SES 1 122,000 127,945 135,000 141,651 149,987 158,277 164,586 172,000 178,330 178,617 181,006
SES 2 151,108 159,856 168,422 178,276 189,633 200,726 209,318 221,266 229,949 230,000 232,644
SES 3 187,500 198,994 211,000 226,000 248,000 261,910 273,383 282,931 300,000 302,000 312,000
Table 6.2: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group, 2006 to 2015
Classification 2006 % 2007 % 2008 % 2009 % 2010 % 2011 % 2012 % 2013 % 2014 % 2015 %
Grad, APS 1 - APS 3 3.7 2.6 6.0 7.1 3.9 2.8 5.8 3.1 0.2 0.1
APS 4 - APS 6 4.3 4.0 4.1 6.3 3.8 2.4 6.1 2.9 0.1 0.1
EL 4.1 5.1 4.4 6.2 3.5 2.3 5.4 2.9 0.0 0.2
Non-SES 4.1 4.1 4.6 6.4 3.7 2.4 5.9 2.9 0.1 0.1
SES 5.1 5.5 5.2 6.2 5.6 4.1 4.7 3.8 0.2 1.4
All 4.2 4.2 4.6 6.4 3.8 2.5 5.8 2.9 0.1 0.1
Table 6.3: Percentage change in median Total Reward by classification group, 2006 to 2015
Classification 2006 % 2007 % 2008 % 2009 % 2010 % 2011 % 2012 % 2013 % 2014 % 2015 %
Grad, APS 1 - APS 3 4.3 2.6 6.8 6.2 4.6 3.2 6.4 3.8 0.1 -0.2
APS 4 - APS 6 4.5 4.7 4.3 5.3 3.6 3.1 6.7 3.3 0.3 -0.2
EL 3.9 5.4 4.7 3.6 3.0 2.5 6.2 3.0 0.4 0.1
Non-SES 4.3 4.5 5.0 5.0 3.7 3.0 6.5 3.3 0.3 -0.2
SES 5.4 5.5 4.2 2.6 2.2 3.1 4.9 2.8 1.0 0.7
All 4.3 4.6 4.9 4.9 3.6 3.0 6.5 3.3 0.3 -0.1

Figure 6.4: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group, 2006 to 2015

Source: Table 6.2

Figure 6.5: Percentage change in median Total Reward by classification group, 2006 to 2015

Source: Table 6.3