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South Australia's top cop handed six-figure pay rise



South Australia's top cop will take home an extra $101,000 this year after being handed a huge pay rise, 9News can reveal.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens recently landed a five-year job extension, which came with a large increase to his salary.

It comes as all South Australian government department heads received increases of 2.9 per cent.

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Police Commissioner Grant Stevens

The jump means Stevens now has a total package of nearly $650,000.

The head of Industry, Innovation and Science Adam Reid saw the second biggest increase, earning an extra $53,000.

Next highest is the boss of the premier's department, who is pocketing an extra $24,000, taking his total pay to $734,000.

A government spokesperson said all executives received a 2.9 per cent increase, adding this is lower than the rate of inflation.

Some of the larger hikes are reflective of new contracts signed, the spokesperson said.

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Meantime, a strategic advisor contracted to assist the premier in delivering his election commitments is tipped to take home $60,000 over the next year.

The opposition claims that will be equivalent to just 13 days' work over the year.

The government said he was engaged at "his usual corporate rate"  and it's a fee "independently assessed". It also said so far he's only been paid $36,000.

"We discovered that Peter Hanlon is being paid $600 an hour," Liberal Michelle Lensink told 9News.

"At his hourly rate, that works out to 13 days for one year."

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