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6. Historical data

Tables in Section 6

Table 6.1: Median Base Salary by classification, 2007 to 2016

Table 6.2: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group, 2007 to 2016

Table 6.3: Percentage change in median TR by classification group, 2007 to 2016


The following section provides historical data on the:

  • median Base Salary for all classifications since 2007;
  • percentage change in median Base Salary for all classifications since 2007; and
  • percentage change in median Total Reward by classification since 2007.

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 Report 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% each year at the non-SES classifications,  0.2% and 1.4%  at the SES classifications respectively, 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, 2007 to 2016

Source: Remuneration Survey data, 2007 to 2016

Figure 6.2: Median Base Salary by classification: Graduate to EL 1, 2007 to 2016

Source: Table 6.1

Figure 6.3: Median Base Salary by classification: EL and SES, 2007 to 2016

Source: Table 6.1