Newly appointed Department of Health secretary general Robert Watt is in line to earn €292,000 a year in his new role.
Mr Watt will remain on his current salary of around €211,000 a year during the recruitment process.
Mr Watt is leaving the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to take up the role.
The high-profile civil servant is replacing acting Department of Health secretary general Colm O’Reardon who was appointed to the position after Jim Breslin left to become secretary general in the Department of Higher Education.
His appointment comes as the Government struggles to contain the third wave of Covid-19.