HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Mechanical Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $62K annually. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of HVAC Mechanical Engineers spread between $48K and $86K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of HVAC Mechanical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,239 - $83,832
(Median)
$48K
$62K
$84K
MEDIAN: $61,841
10%
50%
90%

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$17.14 - $37.95
(Median)
$17
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,239 - $83,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,565  
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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$47,750 - $86,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 622
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.14 - $37.95  
   
Overtime
$20.86 - $49.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,565  
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).
)
$47,750 - $86,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Plumbing, Project Management, Energy Conservation & Efficiency, and Green Building are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design and AutoCAD MEP. Skill sets containing HVAC System Design also tend to include 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of HVAC Mechanical Engineers. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $58K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $68K. HVAC Mechanical Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $90K on average.

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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%



National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries


Plumbing
up arrow 9%


Green Building
up arrow 4%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 1%

Design
0%

National Average
$63,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD MEP
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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