Disclosure requirements

The Government of Alberta is required to disclose salary and severance paid to its employees when the amount is greater than the annual threshold.

Disclosure information is posted online twice per year for the public to view:

  • June 30 – salary and severance from Jan 1- Dec 31 of the previous calendar year
  • Dec 31 – severance from Jan 1- June 30 of a current calendar year

Under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, this disclosure applies to:

  • deputy ministers
  • senior officials appointed by an Order in Council and paid by the Government of Alberta
  • employees within the offices of a minister, associate minister or the Premier
  • employees as defined under the Government Organization Act

View salary and severance disclosures

This data is also available in a number of open formats on the Alberta Open Government Portal

What is disclosed

  • Regular salary and earnings, such as acting pay, paid in that calendar year.
  • Cash benefits include earnings such as overtime, vacation payout, northern allowance, vehicle allowance and lump-sum payments.
  • Non-cash benefits include the employer’s contributions to pension, medical and dental coverage, group life insurance and disability plans.
  • Contracts of employment.
  • Severance includes payments required by contract when employment ends.

Employee thresholds

Alberta government employees are paid every two weeks. Although the average number of pay periods is 26 a year, this can change based on how the pay periods fall during the calendar year.

Because of this, the number of employees that exceed the threshold in a given year can fluctuate. This should be taken into consideration when comparing a person’s year-over-year earnings.

Salaries are based on a classification system that:

  • allows for consistent treatment of employees who perform similar work
  • provides salary increases for employees who meet performance expectations
  • ensures compensation remains competitive with other jurisdictions, organizations and industries
Calendar year Alberta Consumer Price Index increase Number of pay periods Annual threshold Total number of employees disclosed Number of signed severances disclosed
2012 - 26 $100,000 3,315 17
2013 - 26 $100,000 3,545 31
2014 2.1% 26 $102,100 3,554 42
2015 2.6% 27 $104,754 4,054 12
2016 1.1% 26 $105,906 3,551 5
2017 1.1% 26 $107,071 3,361 1
2018 1.6% 26 $108,784 - -

Note: the number of signed severances disclosed is included in the Total number of employees disclosed.

Legislation and regulations

Public sector body compensation disclosure

Government agencies, boards and commissions are also required to disclose the compensation and severance paid to eligible employees, board members and appointees.


Employees may apply to be exempted from having their compensation disclosed only if this could unduly threaten their safety. There are no other grounds for granting exemptions.