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HVAC Engineer Salary

Earnings for HVAC Engineers in the United States come in at around $62K annually on average. In the world of HVAC Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $45K and $90K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of HVAC Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of HVAC Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$48,408 - $87,077
(Median)
$48K
$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,467
10%
50%
90%

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$14.87 - $39.69
(Median)
$15
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
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
$48,408 - $87,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,778  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $10,241  
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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$45,018 - $90,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate 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$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $39.69  
   
Overtime
$21.58 - $54.19  
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 - $6,778  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $10,241  
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).
)
$45,018 - $90,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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


Survey results show that HVAC Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, AutoCAD, HVAC System Design, and Autodesk Revit MEP are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management. For most people, competency in Autodesk Revit MEP indicates knowledge of 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $56K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $71K. HVAC Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $87K.

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 (+9 percent) and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Milwaukee.

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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%



National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries


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National Average
$62,000

Project Management
up arrow 12%

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
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%