HVAC Engineer Salary

The average HVAC Engineer in the United States earns approximately $63K annually. In the world of HVAC Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $45K and $89K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $10K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most HVAC Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men account for the majority of HVAC Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$48,685 - $86,944
(Median)
$49K
$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,700
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$15.24 - $37.42
(Median)
$15
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,685 - $86,944  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,942  
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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$45,138 - $88,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.24 - $37.42  
   
Overtime
$22.01 - $52.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,942  
   
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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$45,138 - $88,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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, Autodesk Revit MEP, HVAC System Design, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $56K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $71K. HVAC Engineers see a median salary of $77K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


Surpassing the national average by 10 percent, HVAC Engineers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. HVAC Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+10 percent) and Philadelphia (+7 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects HVAC Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Engineer Salaries




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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
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 10%
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