Men make up the majority of HVAC Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $21.24 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,135 - $68,784
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$69K
MEDIAN: $41,585
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$14.84 - $34.11
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$15
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,135 - $68,784  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$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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$31,235 - $73,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $34.11  
   
Overtime
$21.53 - $52.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$101.37 - $4,932  
   
Commission
$2,500  
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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$31,235 - $73,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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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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Many HVAC Mechanics transition into upper-level roles like Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic. However, Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics do report a slightly lower median income of $38K per year.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Mechanic


HVAC Mechanics report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, and HVAC System Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Problem Solving and Welding, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people 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.


HVAC Mechanics with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. HVAC Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. 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 $56K.

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
$46,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanic Salaries


Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Plumbing
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HVAC
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National Average
$46,000

System Repair
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Welding
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Problem Solving
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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