HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salary (United States)

Most HVAC Mechanical Engineers in the United States are men, earning an average of $61,599 per year. Compensation starts at $46,635 and can reach $84,819 per year. Overall cash income ranges from $47,259 near the bottom to $82,324) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $6,097 from bonuses and $7,047 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Job satisfaction for HVAC Mechanical Engineers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salary (?
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$47,259 - $82,324
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MEDIAN: $60,661
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HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salary (?
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$16.75 - $37.81
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$47,259 - $82,324  
   
Bonus
$97.05 - $6,097  
Profit Sharing
$301.34 - $7,047  
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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$46,635 - $84,819  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,037
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $37.81  
   
Overtime
$24.66 - $47.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$97.05 - $6,097  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.34 - $7,047  
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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$46,635 - $84,819  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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Job Description for HVAC Mechanical Engineer

HVAC mechanical engineers are involved in almost every phase of a project. They begin with customer consultations and preexisting condition assessments, then assisting with sales departments in choosing appropriate customer solutions. After that, they work with the design teams to create the custom concept and maintain contact with the installation teams for troubleshooting and system upkeep throughout the lifetime of the system. An HVAC mechanical engineer typically works during regular business hours, although they often need emergency on-call availability. Occasional travel is necessary. While much of their work is done in an office, HVAC mechanical engineering often requires field work and being on-site for inspections.
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HVAC Mechanical Engineer Tasks
  • Develop proposals, estimates, and schedules for HVAC systems and bids.
  • Perform reviews to establish feasibility and quality of installation, space and maintenance needs.
  • Calculate heating and cooling needs and tolerances, designing controls, and maintenance protocols.
  • Design HVAC systems, including writing specifications.
  • Troubleshoot, analyze, and assess installations and designs to identify problems.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Mechanical Engineer

HVAC Mechanical Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Plumbing, Project Management, and Controls are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD MEP. Those who learned HVAC System Design also tend to know Energy Conservation & Efficiency and Engineering Design. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Mechanical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
HVAC Mechanical Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $57K—can reach $66K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $77K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as HVAC Mechanical Engineers approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $89K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$62,000
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Those employed in Seattle pick up paychecks a little bit higher than the national average; however, location is not the strongest determinant of pay for those in this profession. HVAC Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent). In Houston, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Plumbing
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Project Management
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Controls
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Energy Conservation & Efficiency
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HVAC System Design
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Engineering Design
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AutoCAD Mechanical
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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AutoCAD
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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National Average
$62,000
Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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AutoCAD MEP
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 423 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%
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