HVAC Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $65K per year. Cash earnings for HVAC Engineers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $47K to approximately $89K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most HVAC Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$49,218 - $88,417
$49K
$65K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,713
10%
50%
90%

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$15.23 - $38.47
$15
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $25.53
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,218 - $88,417  
   
Bonus
$387.83 - $5,620  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,195  
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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$47,139 - $88,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.23 - $38.47  
   
Overtime
$20.74 - $49.81  
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
$387.83 - $5,620  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,195  
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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$47,139 - $88,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • Prepare, review, and approve drawings, specifications, reports, and data tables.
  • Liaise with design and drafting groups.
  • Evaluate equipment load and energy consumption.
  • Design, test, and manufacture heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

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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 HVAC System Design, Autodesk Revit MEP, Engineering Design, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management and AutoCAD. 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.


HVAC Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $59K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $76K. For HVAC Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $79K. HVAC Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,693

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

HVAC Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. HVAC Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+23 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Milwaukee. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (10 percent lower) and Boston (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for HVAC Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries

▲26%

▲22%

▲18%

National Average
$65,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


▼4%

Project Management
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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