HVAC Engineer Salary

HVAC Engineers in the United States take home approximately $63K per year on average. Cash earnings for HVAC Engineers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $45K to approximately $88K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of HVAC Engineers are male. Job satisfaction for HVAC Engineers is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,554 - $86,842
(Median)
$49K
$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,565
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$15.26 - $37.31
(Median)
$15
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,554 - $86,842  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,829  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $10,244  
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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$45,197 - $88,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.26 - $37.31  
   
Overtime
$22.09 - $51.88  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,829  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $10,244  
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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$45,197 - $88,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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 diverse set of skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management. Most people who know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $70K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $77K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $86K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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 (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 13 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries




AutoCAD
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National Average
$61,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%
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