HVAC Engineer Salary

HVAC Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $64K annually. Final cash compensation to HVAC Engineers varies from around $47K to approximately $88K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$49,063 - $88,185
$49K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,102
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50%
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$16.05 - $38.00
$16
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $25.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,063 - $88,185  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $5,199  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,696  
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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$47,058 - $88,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.05 - $38.00  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $49.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$250.00 - $5,199  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,696  
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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$47,058 - $88,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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

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

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Popular Skills for HVAC Engineer


HVAC Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Revit MEP, HVAC System Design, Engineering Design, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Autodesk Revit MEP are similarly competent in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Engineer

Pay by Experience for an HVAC Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level HVAC Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 204 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An HVAC Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced HVAC Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 72 salaries. An HVAC Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,126

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for HVAC Engineers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 50 percent above the national average. HVAC Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+24 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Los Angeles and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for HVAC Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries

▲25%

▲23%

▲18%

National Average
$64,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


▼3%

Project Management
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 13%