Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Maintenance Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.88 per hour nationwide. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most HVAC Maintenance Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,142 - $63,220
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $42,243
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90%

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$12.44 - $25.59
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$25,142 - $63,220  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,696  
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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$26,924 - $59,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $25.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.33  
Overtime
$15.65 - $39.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$484.79 - $5,106  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$26,924 - $59,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 399
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Job Description for HVAC Maintenance Technician

HVAC maintenance technicians provide preventative care and repairs for HVAC systems. They repair and maintain refrigerator and electrical systems and their components, as well as troubleshoot electrical systems and write schematics for their work locations. In addition, the HVAC technician must be proactive in ensuring that preventative maintenance of all equipment is done promptly to help prevent future problems with equipment. The HVAC technician must also look for inefficiencies in systems to find the source of any current or possible malfunctions. They dismantle equipment as necessary when needed to troubleshoot the system or ensure that the equipment is properly maintained. In addition to these responsibilities, the HVAC technician is responsible for documenting the work they complete. Much of the HVAC maintenance technician's work takes place outside in varying weather. The employee may need to lift as much as 40 pounds of equipment at any given time.

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HVAC Maintenance Technician Tasks

  • Diagnose and troubleshoot problems with HVAC equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring on HVAC equipments.
  • Carry out preventative maintenance tasks and inspections on HVAC equipment.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Maintenance Technician


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HVAC Maintenance Technicians who transition into a HVAC Refrigeration Technician role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $48K per year.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Maintenance Technician


HVAC Maintenance Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in HVAC System Design, HVAC, Systems Troubleshooting, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Those proficient in Maintenance are, more often than not, also skilled in Systems Troubleshooting and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Maintenance Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for HVAC Maintenance Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. HVAC Maintenance Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $48K.

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Experience Affects HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries


HVAC
up arrow 10%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Plumbing
up arrow 3%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

System Repair
0%

National Average
$38,000

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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