HVAC Maintenance Technician Salary (United States)

Most HVAC Maintenance Technicians in the United States are men, earning an average of $17.44 per hour. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field—about one-fourth—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. For the most part, HVAC Maintenance Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
HVAC Maintenance Technician Salary (?
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$25,591 - $59,259
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MEDIAN: $40,457
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HVAC Maintenance Technician Salary (?
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$12.15 - $25.96
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$25,591 - $59,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,004  
Profit Sharing
$497.21 - $2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$25,990 - $57,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $25.96  
   
Overtime
$16.51 - $38.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,004  
   
Profit Sharing
$497.21 - $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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$25,990 - $57,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 482
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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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Compensation may increase for HVAC Maintenance Technicians who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like HVAC Mechanic oftentimes make an additional $4,383 per year than lower-end positions.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Maintenance Technician

HVAC Maintenance Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. System Repair is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 3 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Plumbing. Most people familiar with Maintenance also know Electronic Troubleshooting and System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Maintenance Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $33K—can reach $38K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $44K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and HVAC Maintenance Technicians who have made it this far report earning around $46K per year. HVAC Maintenance Technicians with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$39,000
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for HVAC Maintenance Technicians, 17 percent above the national average. HVAC Maintenance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Omaha (+14 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Maintenance Technician Salaries

System Repair
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$39,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%