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2022 - 2023 Salary Guides

In conjunction with the new financial year, Design & Build wanted to explore the shifting salary expectations of employees within the built environment space further. How much do employees think they are worth? Do they think they are being paid the market rate? What proportion of workers are expecting a pay rise this year, and more importantly what are the potential consequences if they don’t receive one?

The following salary guide we’ve compiled – based on a survey sent to our database of 77,000 uniquely coded candidates, the latest statistics on the economy and labour force and our own industry knowledge – aims to not only reveal the standard salary packages for those within construction, engineering, design and architecture and property currently, but also provide insight into employees salary expectations for the 2022-2023 financial year. Because of the varied and distinct sectors and roles within the built environment, we’ve split our salary guide into four distinct sectors: construction, engineering, design and architecture and property.

The findings from this survey highlights the challenges employers across Australia - but especially within the Built Environment Industry - are facing in order to both attract new talent and maintain staff turnover. Consequently, this guide also looks at ways organisations can demonstrate value to prospective and current employees, both financially and non financially.

​Choose from the following industries below to download our guides.

Commercial Construction

Residential Construction

Civil Construction




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