HVAC Mechanic Salary

A sizeable majority of HVAC Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.74 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,642 - $66,750
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,026
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$14.58 - $32.58
(Median)
$15
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,642 - $66,750  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
Commission
$2,023  
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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$30,826 - $72,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $32.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34  
Overtime
$21.14 - $49.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
Commission
$2,023  
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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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$30,826 - $72,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 564
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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 often transition into a Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic position. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics report a slightly lower median income of $38K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Mechanic


Survey results suggest that HVAC Mechanics use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Plumbing, Welding, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include HVAC System Design and System Repair. The majority of those who know HVAC System Design also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. For HVAC Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $57K.

HVAC Mechanic Reviews

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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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanic Salaries


Plumbing
0%

National Average
$47,000

Welding
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System Repair
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HVAC System Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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