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HVAC Maintenance Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, HVAC Maintenance Technicians earn an average of $17.56 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.28 per hour on the low end to $26.16 on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for HVAC Maintenance Technicians is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,643 - $59,634
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,541
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$12.28 - $26.16
(Median)
$12
$18
$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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,643 - $59,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $2,035  
Commission
$491.32 - $1,526  
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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$26,454 - $58,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $26.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.75  
Overtime
$15.91 - $38.92  
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 - $2,048  
   
Commission
$491.32 - $1,526  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $2,035  
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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$26,454 - $58,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 532

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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


HVAC Maintenance Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with HVAC and HVAC System Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Plumbing and Maintenance. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed in 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.


HVAC Maintenance Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, HVAC Maintenance Technicians make a median salary of $44K. 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 $48K on average.

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Experience Affects HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries



National Average
$39,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries

HVAC
up arrow 24%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

System Repair
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 3%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$39,000

Maintenance
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up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%