HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Mechanical Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $62K annually. In the world of HVAC Mechanical Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $48K and $86K. Experience level 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. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Mechanical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,124 - $83,364
(Median)
$48K
$62K
$83K
MEDIAN: $61,764
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90%

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$17.24 - $38.35
(Median)
$17
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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
$48,124 - $83,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,759  
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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$47,996 - $85,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 643
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.24 - $38.35  
   
Overtime
$20.70 - $50.49  
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 - $6,759  
   
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).
)
$47,996 - $85,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Plumbing, Project Management, Energy Conservation & Efficiency, and Green Building are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD MEP and Computer Aided Design. People who know HVAC System Design usually also know AutoCAD and Engineering Design. Those familiar with Energy Conservation & Efficiency also tend to know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Mechanical Engineer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $58K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $68K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $88K.

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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%



National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries


Plumbing
up arrow 9%


Green Building
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 1%

Design
0%

National Average
$63,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

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 175 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
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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