HVAC Maintenance Technician Salary

HVAC Maintenance Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.50 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.29 per hour and $26.06. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$26,963 - $60,904
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,879
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$12.29 - $26.06
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,963 - $60,904  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $4,500  
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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$26,575 - $59,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $26.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.75  
Overtime
$15.77 - $38.76  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $4,500  
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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$26,575 - $59,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 543
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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.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Maintenance Technician


Survey results suggest that HVAC Maintenance Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with HVAC and HVAC System Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Plumbing and Maintenance. Those familiar with Maintenance also tend to know System Repair and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Maintenance Technician

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


For HVAC Maintenance Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $48K.

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Experience Affects HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries



National Average
$39,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries

HVAC
up arrow 22%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 4%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

System Repair
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$39,000

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 24%
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