HVAC Engineer Salary

The average HVAC Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $63K annually. In the world of HVAC Engineers, overall income ranges from $45K near the bottom to $88K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. HVAC Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. For the most part, HVAC Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$48,690 - $86,944

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$15.30 - $38.25

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,690 - $86,944  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,792  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,234  
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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$45,421 - $88,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.30 - $38.25  
   
Overtime
$22.25 - $51.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,792  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,234  
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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$45,421 - $88,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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


HVAC Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, HVAC System Design, Autodesk Revit MEP, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management. Most people familiar with Autodesk Revit MEP also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Engineer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of HVAC Engineers. The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $70K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $77K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, HVAC Engineers in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 10 percent above the national average. HVAC Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+10 percent) and Philadelphia (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Los Angeles and 1 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%



National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries




AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

National Average
$62,000

Project Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%
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