Times are tough, but politicians still given big money

WANT a payrise? Maybe it's time to get into politics.

Queensland politicians will now be earning a base wage of $151,425 per year, although MPs are entitled to extra pay for more senior roles.

The base salary for for parliamentarians has gone up 2.25%, with the payrise covering 2015 to 2016, meaning that MPs are entitled to back pay.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will now earn $385,721 a year, or about $7392 a week.

If you assume the Premier works seven days a week, she is earning $1056 per day.

The highest average salary in Queensland is $65,331 for people working in Brisbane.

If state politicians are members of committees, MPs will be entitled to a further $23,430 a year. That takes their annual wage to $174,855 or $3351 a week.

That includes committees on agriculture, transport, legal affairs, or crime.

If the MP chairs one of those committees, they are entitled to an extra $58,574 a year, bringing their annual salary to $209,999. That equates to $8049 a week.

It comes as the Master Builders released a survey on Monday suggesting business confidence across Queensland's building industry had slumped.

Read more: Master Builders admit to "pessimism" as economy struggles

Almost 30% of those who responded to the survey were "pessimistic" for the future.

The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal published its decision on MP payrises on Monday.

It found that because the economy was facing "uncertainty" and low growth, "restraint is called for" when handing out payrises to politicians.



All figures represent annual salary, taking into account the MP's base salary of $151,425 plus any additional pay for parliamentary responsibilities.

Premier $385,721

Deputy Premier $338,862

Minister and Leader of the House $321,290

Minister $315,432

Leader of the Opposition $315,432

Speaker $292,003

Assistant Minister and Leader of the House $292,003

Deputy Leader of the Opposition $245,143

Deputy Speaker $233,429

Assistant Minister $233,429

Manager of Opposition Business $233,429

Chief Government Whip $233,429

Opposition Spokesperson $209,999

Leader of a Recognised Political Party $209,999

Senior Government Whip $186,569

Opposition Whip $186,569

Government Deputy Whip $180,712

Deputy Opposition Whip $180,712

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