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HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of HVAC Mechanical Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $61K per year. In the world of HVAC Mechanical Engineers, overall income ranges from $47K near the bottom to $85K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salary (?
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$47,259 - $82,324
(Median)
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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  
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  
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

Survey takers working as HVAC Mechanical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include AutoCAD MEP. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Engineering Design. Most people skilled in HVAC System Design are similarly competent in Energy Conservation & Efficiency and 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $57K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $66K. HVAC Mechanical Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. HVAC Mechanical Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $89K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — most of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$62,000
Philadelphia
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Houston
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HVAC Mechanical Engineers working in Seattle earn a bit more than the national average, but overall, earnings in this area are not heavily influenced by geographic location. HVAC Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%
National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Plumbing
up arrow 21%
Project Management
up arrow 9%
Controls
up arrow 8%
Energy Conservation & Efficiency
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HVAC System Design
up arrow 3%
Engineering Design
up arrow 3%
AutoCAD Mechanical
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%
AutoCAD
0%
Autodesk Revit MEP
0%
National Average
$62,000
Design
up arrow 1%
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%
AutoCAD MEP
up arrow 4%

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%