Male HVAC Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.56 per hour in the United States. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most HVAC Mechanics. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,057 - $69,531
$30K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,580
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$14.90 - $33.97
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$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,057 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$2,250  
Total Pay (?
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$31,350 - $73,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $33.97  
   
Overtime
$21.19 - $51.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.13 - $5,034  
   
Commission
$2,250  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$31,350 - $73,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 487

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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

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

Common Career Paths for HVAC Mechanic


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HVAC Mechanics who take a Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is usually $38K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Mechanic


Survey results show that HVAC Mechanics use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, HVAC System Design, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Those listing Problem Solving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. HVAC and Welding also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in HVAC System Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Mechanic

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


For many HVAC Mechanics, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, HVAC Mechanics make a median salary of $52K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,673

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With a pay rate for HVAC Mechanics that is 75 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. HVAC Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+31 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). HVAC Mechanics in Norfolk make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Richmond and Raleigh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

HVAC Mechanic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a HVAC Mechanic?

HVAC Mechanic in Levittown:
"Happy Customer."
Pros: Making every single customer you meet happy by either fixing their system or installing a brand new system.
Cons: How complicated a system can be. There are so much parts involved.

HVAC Mechanic in Pueblo:
"Always busy."
Pros: I enjoy working at my job as the people here are very talented and very close-knit. The work environment is great.”
Cons: Sometimes the heat can be overwhelming.

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Key Stats for HVAC Mechanic

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanic Salaries




Troubleshooting
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Plumbing
0%

National Average
$48,000

System Repair
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up arrow 7%

HVAC
up arrow 10%

Problem Solving
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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