I actually think we would do well to examine Singapore’s public service plan. Their top civil service employees (equivilant to SES in U.S. and Permanent Secretaries in Canada) make betwee $360,000 and $1,600,000 per year. They do not have tenure and can be fired at will. Singapore is widely considered to have some of the best public employees in the world. Their government is relatively small compared to many, tightly focused on providing a strictly limited range of public services but doing so with world class results. They recruit the very best graduates from universities, demand results comprable to the private sector, weed out non performers rapidly and ruthlessly but pay princely salaries to those who earn them.