Monday, July 8, 2022

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 HVAC&R sector.

The first edition of AIRAH's HVAC&R 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, Ecolibrium magazine, and other channels.

AIRAH Chief Executive Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, says the time is right for another survey.

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

The survey follows the same format as the 2019 edition. This provided a view of salaries across different parts of the industry and the country, as well as expectations for the years ahead.

Gleeson says 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 HVAC&R.

“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 says. “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 Salary Survey consists of 21 questions, and should take 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