Earnings for HVAC Engineers in the United States come in at around $65K annually on average. 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 $47K and $89K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most HVAC Engineers. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,260 - $88,520
(Median)
$49K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,794
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50%
90%

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$15.23 - $38.47
(Median)
$15
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,260 - $88,520  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $5,672  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,635  
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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$46,709 - $88,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.23 - $38.47  
   
Overtime
$20.16 - $49.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $5,672  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,635  
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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$46,709 - $88,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in HVAC System Design, Autodesk Revit MEP, Engineering Design, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management and AutoCAD. Those proficient in Autodesk Revit MEP are, more often than not, 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.


HVAC Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $59K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. HVAC Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $79K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,668

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HVAC Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. HVAC Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+23 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (10 percent lower) and Boston (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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National Average
$65,000

autodesk autocad
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AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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