Information from the State Service Commission's 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data shows that the Ministry of Justice has the lowest annual salary for a department.
The average salary of a Ministry of Justice employee in 2018 was $67,800. This was up 1.4% on the ministry's average salary in 2017.
The highest average salary for a public service department in 2018 was $141,200 for the Pike River Recovery Agency. This was followed by the State Services Commission, with an average salary of $138,200. The Pike River Recovery Agency was not in existence in 2017. The State Services Commission average 2018 salary was up 2.6% on its 2017 average salary.
The average salaries do not include chief executives. The average annual salary for the public service in 2018 was $77,900, which was an increase of 3.3% from the previous year.
The State Services Commission says departments that have a higher proportion of staff in operational and service delivery jobs tend to have a lower average salary.
Other justice sector departments in this category were the Department of Corrections (average 2018 salary of $69,300, up 5.0% on 2017 average). The department had the third-lowest average salary.
The Crown Law Office had an average 2018 salary of $99,600, giving it the 12th-highest average salary. The Crown Law average salary was up 1.1% on its 2017 average.
The Serious Fraud Office was sixth-highest in average salaries, at $113,200 in 2018. This was up 1.5% on 2017.
The State Services Commission says that in the year to June 2018, there was an increase of 1.4% in wages or salaries in the public sector and 2.1% in the private sector. Within the public sector, the public service showed an increase of 1.3%. General inflation, as measured by the CPI, increased by 1.5%.
In 2018, the average base salary for the public service workforce as a group increased by 3.3%, with non-management staff up 2.9% and management staff up 3.4%.
Women in the justice sector departments
The report contains information on the proportion of women in each department, the proportion in senior management roles (tier 2 and 3 senior managers) and the gender pay gap (measured with guidance from Statistics New Zealand).
|Department||FTE employees||% Women||% Women in Snr Mgt||Gender Pay Gap|
|Crown Law Office||179||69.7%||44.4%||31.5%|
|Dept of Corrections||8,990||46.9%||43.3%||1.7%|
|Ministry of Justice||3,780||68.3%||54.9%||13.2%|
|Serious Fraud Office||45||47.9%||40.0%||8.2%|
|Whole Public Service||49,730||60.9%||48.8%||12.2%|
Ethinic diversity in the justice sector departments
|Department||% Asian||% European||% Māori||% Pacific|
|Crown Law Office||6.9%||71.3%||7.4%||1.6%|
|Dept of Corrections||8.1%||71.2%||21.4%||11.4%|
|Ministry of Justice||10.8%||68.9%||17.5%||12.3%|
|Serious Fraud Office||10.4%||81.3%||2.1%||2.1%|
|Whole Public Service||10.1%||69.2%||16.0%||9.1%|
Age and employment indicators in the justice sector departments
|Ave leave balance
|Crown Law Office||38.1||15||5.1||22.3%|
|Dept of Corrections||46.8||22||8.4||9.2%|
|Ministry of Justice||42.8||11||7.4||15.1%|
|Serious Fraud Office||43.2||6||5.4||23.4%|
|Whole Public Service||44.6||16||9.0||12.1%|