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HVAC Engineer Salary

The average HVAC Engineer in the United States earns approximately $63K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to HVAC Engineers can bottom out near $45K or peak near $89K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of HVAC Engineers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,526 - $86,813
(Median)
$49K
$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,514
10%
50%
90%

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$14.91 - $39.43
(Median)
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,526 - $86,813  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,913  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,288 - $89,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $39.43  
   
Overtime
$21.75 - $53.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$45,288 - $89,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for HVAC Engineer

The HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system is important to almost any building. An HVAC engineer preforms many important tasks, and must be well-educated before becoming an engineer. This generally consists of attending school to become an HVAC technician and eventually earning a degree in mechanical engineering.

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HVAC Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate equipment load and energy consumption.
  • Design, test, and manufacture heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
  • Prepare, review, and approve drawings, specifications, reports, and data tables.
  • Liaise with design and drafting groups.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Engineer


Survey takers who work as HVAC Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, AutoCAD, HVAC System Design, and Autodesk Revit MEP are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management. Those proficient in Autodesk Revit MEP are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


HVAC Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $56K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $71K. HVAC Engineers bring in $77K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $85K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, HVAC Engineers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. HVAC Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+11 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee.

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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries


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National Average
$61,000

Project Management
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%
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