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Chapter 3: Base Salary

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

The greatest increase in median Base Salary was at the Graduate classification level with a 4.2% increase. The lowest median movement from 2016 to 2017 was a 0.7% increase at the APS 3 classification level. While there were several factors driving these increases, the most substantial influence was the successful enterprise agreement ballots from three of the largest APS agencies: Human Services, Australian Taxation Office and Defence. Graduate median salaries increased above the average rate, reflecting the fact that agencies with relatively higher graduate pay scales took in the largest graduate cohorts during 2017. When median Base Salaries are weighted to account for employees at each level, the increase from 2016 to 2017 was 2.5%, including 2.6% for SES employees and 2.5% for non-SES.

Table 3.1 Base Salary range by classification, 2016 and 2017
  Base salary P5 Base salary Q1 Base salary median $ % change

Base salary Q3 $

Base salary P95
2016 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2017 2016 2017 2016 2017
 Grad 56,319 57,752 59,238 61,067 62,493 65,133 4.2% 63,322 65,508 69,210 72,049
APS 1 39,144 40,318 43,216 44,512 47,567 48,194 1.3% 48,533 49,989 49,697 51,497
APS 2 49,013 51,313 51,626 53,353 54,588 56,220 3.0% 55,096 56,749 56,435 58,437
APS 3 55,553 57,190 57,965 59,933 61,512 61,970 0.7% 62,492 64,367 63,095 64,746
APS 4 62,493 64,368 66,904 67,958 69,239 71,317 3.0% 69,239 71,317 70,144 72,557
APS 5 69,238 71,316 72,856 74,024 74,451 76,561 2.8% 76,404 78,052 78,451 79,860
APS 6 78,054 80,468 85,418 86,438 87,263 89,449 2.5% 89,217 91,894 92,542 94,481
EL 1 100,120 102,728 106,719 108,833 108,796 111,633 2.6% 111,427 113,522 117,885 120,805
EL 2 120,128 124,041 132,053 134,892 135,583 138,195 1.9% 140,471 143,254 152,523 155,630
SES 1 161,000 166,365 174,202 179,255 184,626 189,353 2.6% 201,447 205,099 219,975 226,761
SES 2 210,561 214,929 229,219 237,786 239,272 245,348 2.5% 259,114 265,219 284,621 290,011
SES 3 282,457 302,111 304,542 316,813 327,000 336,876 3.0% 350,000 357,000 393,666 393,605
All employees 57,779 59,933 69,239 71,317 78,457 81,206 3.5% 104,260 106,574 137,021 140,591

 

Figure 3.1 presents a comparison of median Base Salary by classification in 2013 and 2017. These are nominal figures, not adjusted for inflation. While all classification levels have seen increases over the period, the pace of change has varied. The greatest percentage increase in median Base Salary was 12.3% at the SES 3 classification, followed by 9.6% at the Graduate level. The smallest percentage increase in median Base Salary was 0.3% at the APS 3 classification level.  

Figure 3.1: Median Base Salary by classification, 2013 and 2017

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Figure 3.1 is a Clustered Horizontal Bar chart displaying Median Base Salary by classification at 2013 and 2017, using box plots to show the distributions.
Figure 3.1: Median Base Salary by classification, 2013 and 2017

Figure 3.2 shows the Base Salary ranges by classification. In 2017 there were increases and a slight widening in range for several pay bands accompanied by a more even distribution of staff salaries within most bands.

Figure 3.2: Base Salary range by classification, 2016 and 2017

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Figure 3.2 displays the Base Salary range by classification for 2016 and 2017.
Figure 3.2: Base Salary range by classification, 2016 and 2017