Australia's Highest Paid Public Servants



Tony Abbott is set to receive a massive payrise, now that he has moved up from opposition leader to Prime Minister, but just how much will  he be getting?

You might be surprised to know that the PM's job doesn't actually mean he'll be getting paid the most. In fact there are anumber of public sector employees that earn much more than Tony will be earning.

Here is a list of some of Australia's highest earning public servants below.

Dr John Laker
Dr. John Laker
Head of APRA (Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority)
Annual Salary: $819,200

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan
Commissioner of Taxation
Annual Salary: $740,000

General David Hurley
General David Hurley
Chief of the Defence Force
Annual Salary: $730,120

Rod Sims
Rod Sims
Chairman of the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)
Annual Salary: $716,800

Justin Thomas Gleeson SC
Justin Thomas Gleeson SC
Solicitor General
Annual Salary: $716,800

Mike Pezzullo
Mike Pezzullo
CEO of Australian Customs and Border Protection
Annual Salary: $665,600

Tony Negus
Tony Negus
Commissioner of the AFP (Australian Federal Police)
Annual Salary: $604,160

David Irvine
David Irvine
Director General of ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation)
Annual Salary: $552,960

Robert French AC
Robert French AC
Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia
Annual Salary: $523,500

Robert Bromwich SC
Robert Bromwich SC
Director of Public Prosecutions
Annual Salary: $512,000

Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott
Prime Minister of Australia
Annual Salary: $507,338

Vice Admiral Raymond Griggs
Vice Admiral Raymond Griggs
Chief of the Navy
Annual Salary: $491,520

Lieutenant General David Morrison
Lieutenant General David Morrison
Chief of the Army
Annual Salary: $491,520

Air Marshal Geoff Brown
Air Marshal Geoff Brown
Chief of the Air Force
Annual Salary: $491,520

TBA
Yet To Be Decided
Deputy Prime Minister
Annual Salary: $400,016

Quentin Bryce
Quentin Bryce
Governor General
Annual Salary: $394,000

TBA
Yet To Be Decided
Federal Treasurer
Annual Salary: $365,868

TBA
Yet To Be Decided
Leader Of The Opposition
Annual Salary: $360,990

Other earners include Cabinet Ministers = $336,599, Other Ministers = $307,329, Deputy Leader of the Opposition = $307,329, Shadow Ministers = $243,912, while just your regular local backbencher is still on a whopping $195,130.

So keeping in mind that the average annual salary of Australians is significantly lower, what do you think of the earners? Are they worth what you, as a taxpayer, are giving them each year?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

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