The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a detailed look at the cost of a federal job, and the results are startling.
Read moreThe ABS data shows that the average salary for a full-time federal employee in the federal workforce is about $53,600, and that the median annual salary is $53.20.
The federal government also publishes figures for all government employees, with average salaries for all employees across all federal departments ranging from $55,000 to $73,600.
But the ABS data does not include private sector workers, so the total for these employees is unknown.
The ABS’s latest figures are based on a survey of 1,000 employees in the private sector, which includes employers and government employees.
They are also the result of a large survey of 2,000 people in the public sector, including employers and employees.
It comes as the government announced a major increase in the amount of taxpayer money it would spend on public sector jobs, from $300 million to $700 million a year.
The government will spend an additional $350 million on public services, which is about one-third of the $400 million already allocated to the federal government.
The biggest increase will go to the Commonwealth, which will spend $270 million a month.