HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of HVAC Mechanical Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $63K annually. Cash earnings for HVAC Mechanical Engineers — including $7K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $47K to $90K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Mechanical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,726 - $88,337
(Median)
$49K
$63K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,821
10%
50%
90%

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$15.35 - $38.01
(Median)
$15
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,726 - $88,337  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,467  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $10,045  
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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$47,014 - $89,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 483
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $38.01  
   
Overtime
$21.09 - $55.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,467  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $10,045  
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).
)
$47,014 - $89,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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 wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Design, Project Management, Energy Conservation & Efficiency, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD MEP, Computer Aided Design, and AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know AutoCAD and Energy Conservation & Efficiency.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Mechanical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $58K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $70K. HVAC Mechanical Engineers bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. HVAC Mechanical Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $94K.

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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%



National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries


Design
up arrow 12%


Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Green Building
up arrow 3%

Plumbing
up arrow 3%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 5%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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