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Historical data

Section 6 provides historical data on the:

  • median Base Salary for all classifications since 2003;
  • percentage change in median Base Salary for all classifications since 2004; and
  • percentage change in median Total Reward by classification since 2004.

When considering the historical data, changes in methodology over the reported period needs to be taken into account. Prior to 2010 when all agencies were required to provide remuneration data, participation in the APS Remuneration surveys was voluntary. While agency participation rates consistently increased over the decade, the composition of which agencies participated could vary between years. 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 that APS remuneration data has been reported on.

There has been a significant increase in sample size from between 22,000 to 29,000 records reported in the years prior to 2009, to 120,000 records in 2009. In 2011 the Report moved from a sample methodology to census. That is, since 2011 all relevant records submitted have been reported on in the Remuneration Reports.

Over the last decade, median Base Salaries have consistently increased. The greatest increase in median Base Salary was reported in 2009 with increases of 6.4% at the non-SES classifications to 6.2% at the SES and an overall increase of 6.4%. The smallest increase in median Base Salaries was in 2011 with increases of 2.4% at the non-SES classifications and 4.1% at the SES and a 2.5% overall increase.

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 and an overall increase of 6.5%. Consistent with median Base Salaries, the smallest year–to–year increase in median Total Reward was in 2011 with increases of 3.0% at the non-SES classifications, 3.1% at the SES classifications and overall increase of 3.0%.

Figure 6.1: Median Base Salary by classification: Graduate to EL 1,2004–13

Figure 6.1: Median Base Salary by classification: Graduate to EL1, 2004-13

Source: Table 6.1

Figure 6.2: Median Base Salary by classification: EL and SES,2004–13

Figure 6.2: Median Base Salary by classification: EL and SES, 2004-14

Source: Table 6.1

Table 6.1: Median Base Salary by classification:2003–13
Classification 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $  
Source: 2003–2010 APS Remuneration Surveys and 2011–2013 APS Remuneration Reports
Graduate 38402 40000 41000 43412 45902 49753 51370 53040 55162 56944 60871
APS 1 31471 32893 33935 35371 36040 37371 40659 41148 41151 43944 45263
APS 2 36439 37807 39028 40300 40786 43682 47680 49233 50471 52998 54588
APS 3 40550 42452 43923 45345 46542 49000 52327 54577 56215 59677 61512
APS 4 45688 47301 48944 50833 52812 55343 58949 61299 63243 66923 69038
APS 5 49941 52018 53931 56400 58825 61000 64728 67017 68092 72487 74331
APS 6 58164 60421 62775 65519 68000 70580 74969 77824 79555 84478 86844
EL 1 72035 74787 77767 80921 84875 88270 93826 97275 99378 104825 108013
EL 2 88361 92072 96063 100000 105299 110400 117127 120840 124140 130460 133777
SES 1 109000 116543 122000 127945 135000 141651 149987 158277 164586 172000 178330
SES 2 137088 145296 151108 159856 168422 178276 189633 200726 209318 221266 229949
SES 3 170000 179883 187500 198994 211000 226000 248000 261910 273383 282931 300000
Table 6.2: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group:2004–13
Classification 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
% % % % % % % % % %
Source: 2003–2010 APS Remuneration Surveys and 2011–2013 APS Remuneration Reports
Grad, APS1 - APS 3 4.3 3.3 3.7 2.6 6.0 7.1 3.9 2.8 5.8 3.3
APS4 - APS6 3.8 3.7 4.3 4.0 4.1 6.3 3.8 2.4 6.1 2.9
EL 4.0 4.2 4.1 5.1 4.4 6.2 3.5 2.3 5.4 2.9
Non-SES 4.0 3.8 4.1 4.1 4.6 6.4 3.7 2.4 5.9 2.9
SES 6.7 4.5 5.1 5.5 5.2 6.2 5.6 4.1 4.7 3.8
All 4.3 3.9 4.2 4.2 4.6 6.4 3.8 2.5 5.8 3.0
Table 6.3: Percentage change in median TR by classification group:2004–13
Classification 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
% % % % % % % % % %
Source: 2003–2010 APS Remuneration Surveys and 2011–2013 APS Remuneration Reports
Grad, APS1 - APS 3 4.0 3.9 4.3 2.6 6.8 6.2 4.6 3.2 6.4 3.9
APS4 - APS6 4.3 3.4 4.5 4.7 4.3 5.3 3.6 3.1 6.7 3.3
EL 2.6 4.5 3.9 5.4 4.7 3.6 3.0 2.5 6.2 3.0
Non-SES 3.6 3.9 4.3 4.5 5.0 5.0 3.7 3.0 6.5 3.3
SES 7.0 2.9 5.4 5.5 4.2 2.6 2.2 3.1 4.9 2.8
All 3.9 3.9 4.3 4.6 4.9 4.9 3.6 3.0 6.5 3.3

Figure 6.3: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group:2004–13

Figure 6.3: Percentage change in median Base Salary by classification group: 2004-13

Source: Table 6.2

Figure 6.4: Percentage change in median TR by classification group:2004–13

Figure 6.4: Percentage change in median TR by classification group:2004-13

Source: Table 6.3