HVAC Engineer Salary

HVAC Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $63K annually. 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 $91K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, HVAC Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male HVAC Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,562 - $89,561
(Median)
$49K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,246
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$15.27 - $38.28
(Median)
$15
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,562 - $89,561  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,987  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,164  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$45,336 - $90,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 340
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.27 - $38.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44  
Overtime
$21.75 - $49.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,987  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,164  
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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$45,336 - $90,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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


Job skills reported by HVAC Engineers are limited. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, HVAC System Design, Autodesk Revit MEP, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management. Most people skilled in Autodesk Revit MEP are similarly competent 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $72K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, HVAC Engineers make $78K following one to two decades on the job. HVAC Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,047

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

For HVAC Engineers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. HVAC Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+10 percent), Boston (+8 percent), Philadelphia (+6 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Milwaukee. Employers in Los Angeles and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries



Autodesk Revit MEP
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$62,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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