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HVAC Engineer Salary

The average HVAC Engineer in the United States earns approximately $62K annually. Total incomes of HVAC Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $45K and $90K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most HVAC Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Male HVAC Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$47,459 - $86,853
(Median)
$47K
$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $61,772
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50%
90%

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$14.87 - $38.05
(Median)
$15
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,459 - $86,853  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,450  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $10,186  
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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$44,628 - $90,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $38.05  
   
Overtime
$21.64 - $51.31  
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 - $6,450  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $10,186  
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).
)
$44,628 - $90,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by HVAC Engineers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Autodesk Revit MEP, HVAC System Design, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. It is often found that people who know Autodesk Revit MEP are 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.


For many HVAC Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $70K. HVAC Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. HVAC Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $87K.

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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries



HVAC System Design
up arrow 4%

National Average
$61,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%