The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has launched the second edition of its Salary Survey to benchmark industry wages and forecast trends in employment. The survey will run until the end of August and is for all those who work in the HVACR sector.

The first edition of AIRAH's HVACR Salary Survey was conducted in 2019. With data from almost 500 respondents, it offered vital insights into the sector, and was shared freely with industry through AIRAH’s website.

AIRAH CEO, Tony Gleeson, said the time is right for another survey.

“Our world has changed completely in the past three years. COVID-19 transformed the way we live and work,” Gleeson said..

“It also caused a surge in demand for services such as ventilation and air filtration. In many ways, HVAC&R professionals were busier than ever during the pandemic.

“More recently, issues with supply chains, energy provision, and rising costs are changing the world in new ways. Once again, this is impacting the professionals in our sector.”

Gleeson said the exercise is invaluable for a sector that is often overlooked or consolidated into much broader categories, such as building and construction.

Other reports treat engineers, trades, and ancillary roles in areas such as sales and marketing as separate groups, not recognising that they all work in HVACR.

“Our intention, when we launched AIRAH’s first salary survey in 2019, was to provide an accurate view of the whole industry, for the whole industry,” Gleeson said.

“From the beginning, we planned to conduct it every two or three years to gather the most up-to-date information and share the insights.

“The more people who participate, the more useful the results. We invite all professionals in our sector to complete the survey to help provide an accurate picture of where we stand.”

The survey follows the same format as the 2019 edition. It has 21 questions and takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Responses will be made anonymous, collated, and shared later in the year.

Participants also have the option to go in the draw to win one of three $100 gift cards.

To complete the survey, go to




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