Taxpayers have stumped up an extra $550 million to pay public-sector employees in the past year.
That was a 13 per cent rise in just one year.
In the last financial year a further 62 public service staff were paid salaries of more than $200,000, representing a 5 per cent increase.
Altogether, 1247 staff now earn above that amount.
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Over the past decade the total cost of salaries in the public sector has gone up by 69 per cent, to $4.84 billion.
The average salary is now $84,500, up 4 per cent on the year before.
The job category that cost the most was management.
However, the number of people earning $400,000 a year almost halved - from 30 to 16.