Taxpayers have stumped up an extra $550 million to pay public-sector employees in the last year.
That was a 13 percent 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 percent increase.
Altogether, 1247 staff now earn above that amount.
Over the last decade the total cost of salaries in the public sector has gone up by 69 percent, to $4.84 billion.
The average salary is now $84,500, up four percent 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.