ACA National Salary Survey 2023

22 February 2023

The ACA National Salary Survey for 2023 is open for another year! Check your inboxes and please participate in this important industry research, an invaluable way to contribute to the health of the profession.


ACA members, you should have received your unique email on 7 March 2023. This email would have come from the email address – If you haven’t spotted the survey email in your inbox, please check in your spam folder. You may have opened the link but not completed the survey. If you would like to receive a copy of the original email, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Eades at


Each year the ACA undertakes a national salary survey. It’s the only independent survey of the architectural profession not tied to recruiting firms or large business, and has sufficient detail to be useful when setting salary guidelines for your staff. We have been running annual salary surveys since 2013, with a break during the early stages of the pandemic.

Completing the ACA Salary Survey is an invaluable way to contribute to the health of the profession. The research is an important base for ACA advocacy and assists us in building significant longitudinal knowledge and sharing our findings with the profession.

Today, architects are operating in a more competitive market for both labour and projects, so the better informed we are, the better we are able to strategise and respond. It’s important that we get good responses from every state and territory, so that we can make useful comparisons. We need a high participation rate to gather statistically significant data and to allow for valid benchmarking across all states and territories, practice sizes and types, so that all practices can benefit. A full report of the survey findings will be made available to members with a summary published on the ACA website – past survey results are available here.

Now is your chance to start preparing. All you need at hand are the remuneration details for all your staff including:

  • The average salary per role (eg. total remuneration / no. of staff in that role).
  • The lowest salary per role
  • The highest salary per role
  • The list of the benefits your firm offers staff

Last year, we introduced the Salary Survey Input spreadsheet to help simplify the process, enabling practices to gather data before they begin. Get started now by completing the Input spreadsheet early. You may also find it to be a useful tool for your practice.

Download the Salary Survey Input spreadsheet

This survey captures data of male and female staff to measure the gender pay gap; however, the ACA would like to invite practices with non-binary staff to contact us directly to discuss your input into the survey, confidentially. These results will be fed through to the main report.

An analysis of the data will be carried out and the collated report will be available to all participants via the ACA website. ACA members who complete the survey can benchmark their practice via their private portal after the close of the survey. Non-ACA members will receive a high-level report of the findings.

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions section