HVAC Maintenance Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of HVAC Maintenance Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.73 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most HVAC Maintenance Technicians. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,550 - $62,714
$26K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $42,093
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50%
90%

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$12.31 - $25.95
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.73
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,550 - $62,714  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $3,945  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,579  
Total Pay (?
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$27,073 - $60,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $25.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36  
Overtime
$17.59 - $43.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$202.73 - $3,945  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,579  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$27,073 - $60,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 351
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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

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

Common Career Paths for HVAC Maintenance Technician


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At the upper end, HVAC Maintenance Technicians who move into a HVAC Refrigeration Technician role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians is a much higher $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, Plumbing, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Maintenance also tend to know 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $33K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $38K. HVAC Maintenance Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. HVAC Maintenance Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $47K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,620

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for HVAC Maintenance Technicians, 38 percent above the national average. HVAC Maintenance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+34 percent), Memphis (+24 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Cincinnati (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Nashville and Indianapolis (16 percent lower).

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Key Stats for HVAC Maintenance Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries

▲24%

▲20%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries


▲5%




System Repair
▼0%

HVAC
▼0%

National Average
$38,000

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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