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Base Salary

2.1 Base Salary

The term Base Salary describes the full-time annualised salary paid to an employee. It includes salary sacrifice amounts (including pre–tax employee superannuation contributions made by salary sacrifice) and excludes bonuses and other benefits.

The median Base Salary movement for all APS classifications from 2012 to 2013 was 3.0%.

The non-SES classifications median Base Salary increased by 2.9% and the SES classifications median Base Salary increased by 3.8% from 2012 to 2013.

Table 2.1 provides 2012 and 2013 Base Salary movement. The greatest increase in median Base Salary was at the Graduate classification with a 6.9% increase. This increase was caused by a 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. Generally, the Graduate classification only applies to an employee for one year, so Graduates from one Report to the next are not the same employees – that is, individual Graduates did not receive a 6.9% increase in salary.

The APS 5 and EL 2 classifications had the lowest median movement from 2012 to 2013, both with 2.5%.

The result of low employee mobility over the last few years is that a large proportion of APS employees are remaining at the same classification in the same agency. When employees remain at the same classification for long periods, they are likely to have reached the top of the salary scale for their classification. This is 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.

The SES 3 classification was the only classification that reported a reduction in the value of the 95th percentile in 2013 compared with 2012.

Figure 2.1: Median Base Salary by classification

Figure 2.1: Median Base Salary by classification

Source: Table 2.1

Figure 2.2 Base Salary range by classification: Graduate to EL 1

Figure 2.2 Base Salary range by classification: Graduate to EL 1

Source: Table 2.1

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix A.2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Figure 2.3: Base Salary range by classification: EL and SES

Figure 2.3: Base Salary range by classification: EL and SES

Source: Table 2.1

Note: Refer to Section 7 (remuneration findings by classification) for the minimum and maximum values for each classification.

Note: Refer to Appendix A.2 for notes on interpreting box plots.

Table 2.1: Base Salary by classification
Class. Employees P5 Q1 Median Q3 P95 Average
2012 n 2013 n 2012 n 2013 n 2012 n 2013 n 2012 n 2013 n change % 2012 n 2013 n 2012 n 2013 n 2012 n 2013 n change %
Source: 2012 and 2013 APS Remuneration Reports
Graduate 1649 1346 52327 53652 55606 57513 56944 60871 6.9 61036 63236 63443 65029 57860 60065 3.8
APS 1 1147 1164 35812 36886 39722 42334 43944 45263 3.0 46807 48533 48241 49697 43197 45065 4.3
APS 2 3731 3544 47077 49009 50758 52291 52998 54588 3.0 53752 55096 54780 56435 52142 53752 3.1
APS 3 18743 17548 53623 55251 56683 59318 59677 61512 3.1 60671 64292 60755 62560 58475 60492 3.4
APS 4 30279 29656 60811 63058 64285 66977 66923 69038 3.2 67222 69239 68088 70144 65736 67995 3.4
APS 5 21268 21191 67592 69185 70511 72806 72487 74331 2.5 73017 75208 74167 76407 71688 73885 3.1
APS 6 32527 32468 75543 78054 80220 84318 84478 86844 2.8 85669 88867 86779 89400 83098 85954 3.4
EL 1 28355 28117 95865 99769 101366 105362 104825 108013 3.0 105607 108796 112933 115655 104090 107410 3.2
EL2 13146 13050 115390 120325 125608 129878 130460 133777 2.5 133647 137188 146676 151097 130967 135236 3.3
SES 1 2022 1939 149703 155035 165555 171348 172000 178330 3.7 185032 191220 205897 211383 175057 181571 3.7
SES2 579 564 193846 201111 214596 221580 221266 229949 3.9 235746 243841 260116 267920 225174 233479 3.7
SES 3 126 119 251534 266855 276298 287350 282931 300000 6.0 314356 323787 412492 389949 301639 310606 3.0
Total 154622 150706