HVAC Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.96 per hour nationwide. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,935 - $70,788
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$71K
MEDIAN: $42,481
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$13.96 - $32.26
(Median)
$14
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,935 - $70,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,899  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $2,500  
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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$30,106 - $72,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $32.26  
   
Overtime
$19.41 - $49.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $2,500  
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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$30,106 - $72,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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Job Description for HVAC Mechanic

An HVAC mechanic performs installation and maintenance tasks related to heating and cooling units such as heating systems, air conditioning systems, and refrigeration units. On a day-to-day basis, HVAC mechanics typically perform light maintenance on heating, cooling and vent systems; respond to emergency calls; and make at home visits to perform repairs. They also analyze systems to make sure they are running smoothly and efficiently; additionally, they must ensure systems are running safely. HVAC mechanics also need to be able to read and understand system blueprints, as well as be able to prepare sketches and perform any additional duties assigned by supervisors.

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HVAC Mechanic Tasks

  • Calibrate thermostats and ensure appropriate temperatures are maintained.
  • Oversee outside contractors and HVAC technicians to ensure timely service and performance.
  • Repair and rebuild complex commercial HVAC and environmental systems, touring and inspecting regularly.
  • Keep all HVAC and mechanical rooms clean, orderly, and organized.

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HVAC Mechanics' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic. The typical income for a Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic is $38K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Mechanic


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by HVAC Mechanics who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Welding, Plumbing, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HVAC System Design and System Repair. Those educated in HVAC System Design tend to be well versed in Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Mechanic

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, HVAC Mechanics make a median salary of $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $56K on average.

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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanic Salaries


Welding
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Plumbing
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National Average
$47,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 20%
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