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HVAC Mechanic Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of HVAC Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.62 per hour. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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HVAC Mechanic Salary (?
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$28,157 - $74,159
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MEDIAN: $44,931
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HVAC Mechanic Salary (?
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$13.91 - $32.10
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,157 - $74,159  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,022  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $2,457  
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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$30,035 - $72,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $32.10  
   
Overtime
$20.40 - $49.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,022  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $2,457  
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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$30,035 - $72,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 499
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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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While many HVAC Mechanicstransition into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic roles, the job pays an average $38K annually.

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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, facility with Systems Troubleshooting, Welding, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HVAC System Design and System Repair. Most people experienced in 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 $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. HVAC Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median 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 $55K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Boston
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New York
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National Average
$47,000
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Jacksonville
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San Diego
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Dallas
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Raleigh
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Norfolk
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Louisville
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HVAC Mechanics in search of above-average pay will head east: In particular, HVAC Mechanics in Washington, Boston, and New York enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Louisville, which sits 39 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Norfolk and Raleigh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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Plumbing
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National Average
$47,000
System Repair
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
25%
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: 19%