HVAC Maintenance Technician Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of HVAC Maintenance Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.44 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. While some workers in this profession—23 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. 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.
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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$0$20K$40K$60K
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  
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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  
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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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As HVAC Maintenance Technicians transition into upper-level roles, they may see an upturn in salary. For instance, it is not uncommon for a HVAC Mechanic to earn an extra $4,383 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues.

HVAC Maintenance Technician Job Listings

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Popular Skills for HVAC Maintenance Technician

HVAC Maintenance Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. System Repair is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 3 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Plumbing. Most people skilled in Maintenance are similarly competent in 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.
Though HVAC Maintenance Technicians can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $33K to $38K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $44K. After 20 years in the field, HVAC Maintenance Technicians see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $46K. HVAC Maintenance Technicians with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$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). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average.

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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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National Average
$39,000
Electronic Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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