Qld MPs to get pay rise before year's end

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A series of pay rises locked in for Queensland politicians following years of frozen wages reflects an economy that's "coming back", Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

MPs will be earning significantly more by September 2022, under a series of increases recommended by the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal.

"I don't make these decisions, the independent remuneration tribunal does, and there's been a pay freeze for four years," Ms Palaszczuk said on Tuesday.

"Queensland's economy is coming back, people are out and about, people are functioning and that is a matter for (the tribunal), they are independent of government."

Under the increases backbenchers' salaries will get a $10,000 boost, rising from the current rate of $159,122 to just over $170,000 by September next year.

Ms Palaszczuk's wage will cross the $400,000 threshold, rising from $399,995 to $427,604 over the same time.

But the jump in pay is less than a public sector wage increase, she said.

"We moved legislation in the House to prohibit it being any more, and the recommendation is it's actually less," she said.

The tribunal said Queensland politicians haven't had a raise since 2017, putting their salaries behind those paid to MPs in other states.

"Since the tribunal considered salary levels in 2020, the economic and social circumstances have stabilised to the extent that a salary increase is now justified for members," it found.

The base and additional salary rates for members will be increased by two per cent from September 1 this year.

They will rise again by 2.25 per cent, from March 1 next year, and then 2.5 per cent from September 1 2022.

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