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HVAC Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of HVAC Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.90 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,980 - $72,699
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$73K
MEDIAN: $42,939
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$13.88 - $32.05
(Median)
$14
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,980 - $72,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,887  
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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$29,967 - $72,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $32.05  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $49.23  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,887  
   
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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$29,967 - $72,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 498

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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.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Mechanic


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HVAC Mechanics may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic position, where pay tends to be around $38K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Mechanic


HVAC Mechanics generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting and Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include HVAC System Design and System Repair. For most people, competency in HVAC System Design indicates knowledge of 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. 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

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 22%

Welding
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

System Repair
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 19%
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