Nicholas Burt

6 November 2012 — More than half of facility managers earn total salary packages of more than $100,000 a year, according to a new annual survey by the Facility Management Association of Australia, in conjunction with Judd Farris Recruitment.

The 2012 Facilities Management Salary Survey Summary Report involved the collection and analysis of more than 30,000 individual units of data over a series of months taking in the age, gender and educational qualifications of FM professionals around Australia.

Among the findings were that the majority of professionals, 59.7 per cent, receive a total of package over $100,000, with 41.2 per cent being remunerated between $100,000 and $149,000.

It found that 63 per cent of facilities managers are at least 46 years old, 17 per cent are female, 83.4 per cent of facilities managers have at least six years’ industry experience and 49.5 per cent of professionals have completed at least a diploma level qualification

FMA chief executive officer Nicholas Burt said the FM industry employed 200,000 people and contributed an estimated $20 billion to the economy.

“This survey will enable us to benchmark and track salary levels against qualifications and experience, ensuring that the industry’s professional standards are not compromised and assist in the development of career paths, guide policy objectives and open new opportunities in all areas of FM,” he said.

Judd Farris divisional manager Louise Rowe said FM was a growing and dynamic industry.

“Due to the diversity of skill sets and occupations that contribute to the building and management of infrastructure, traditionally it has been difficult to set industry wide standards,” he said.

“This survey is an important step toward rectifying this and clarifying roles, responsibilities and community expectations.

“The information and expert commentary in the report will be invaluable in driving FM into the future.”

The survey will be undertaken annually.