Public Service Pay

The SSC has released details of senior level pay in the public sector.

  • Of the 114 crown entities, eight have CEO paid below $100,000, 15 are $100 to $200 k,29 are $200 k to $300k, 31 are $300 to $400 k, 14 are $400 k to $500 k, 13 are $500 to $600 k, and four are over $600 k. The top one is the Cullen Fund CEO at $800,000 then the CEOs of Auckland Uni, NZTA and ACC.
  • Of the 34 core agency CEOs whose pay is detemrined by the SSC, the lowest paid is Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs at $270,000, then LINZ at $360,000 and MCH at $380,000.
  • The top paid core agency CEOs are Treasury $650,000, MFAT $640,000 and MBIE at $620,000
  • 17 state sector jobs have their pay set by the Rumeration authority. The lowest paid are the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment at $280,000 and the highest the State Services Commissioner at $610,000 followed by NZDF CDF at $580,000 and the Solictor-General the same.
  • 7,111 staff (excluding CEOs) are paid over $100,000 a year – up from 6,396 the previous year. This is not hugely surprising as $100,000 is no longer as exclusive a salary as in the past.
  • Three non CEOs are paid $470,000 a year
  • 14 staff are paid over $400,000 a year
  • 79 staff are paid $300 to $400 k
  • 561 staff are paid $200 k to $300 k
  • 1,882 staff are paid over $150,000
  • 5,665 tertiary staff are paid over $100,000
  • 1,405 tertiary staff are paid over $150,000
  • 404 tertiary staff are paid over $200,000

Also 159 non CEO public sector staff get paid more than a cabinet minister, and 96 tertiary institute staff (excluding CEOs) get paid more than a cabinet minister.

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