HVAC Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, HVAC Mechanics earn an average of $21.62 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of HVAC Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just over one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a little over a half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,623 - $70,768
$30K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,702
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$15.03 - $34.23
$15
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $21.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,623 - $70,768  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $5,051  
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
Commission
$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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$31,569 - $74,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $34.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.82  
Overtime
$21.75 - $51.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$101.37 - $5,051  
   
Commission
$2,035  
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
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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$31,569 - $74,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 481

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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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As HVAC Mechanics transition into upper-level roles like HVAC Installer, they may see a sharp decline in salary. HVAC Installers will usually earn $37K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Mechanic


Survey results suggest that HVAC Mechanics put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 6 percent. Those listing Problem Solving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Welding and System Repair also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in HVAC System Design also know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Mechanic

Pay by Experience for an HVAC Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level HVAC Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 174 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An HVAC Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 158 salaries. An experienced HVAC Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 255 salaries. An HVAC Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 144 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,948

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, HVAC Mechanics in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 74 percent above the national average. HVAC Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+57 percent), Denver (+30 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Norfolk, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Richmond and Raleigh (21 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 75 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

▲16%

▲9%

National Average
$48,000

▼6%

▼24%

Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanic Salaries




Troubleshooting
▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$48,000

HVAC
▼3%

System Repair
▼6%

▼7%

Problem Solving
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 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: 45%
no benefits
None: 22%