Median pay for HVAC Mechanical Engineers in the United States is around $63K annually. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of HVAC Mechanical Engineers spread between $46K and $91K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Mechanical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,281 - $89,806
(Median)
$50K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,073
10%
50%
90%

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$14.39 - $38.37
(Median)
$14
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,281 - $89,806  
   
Bonus
$490.35 - $12,001  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $10,213  
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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$46,198 - $91,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $38.37  
   
Overtime
$21.70 - $54.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$490.35 - $12,001  
   
Profit Sharing
$961 - $10,213  
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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$46,198 - $91,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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 results imply that HVAC Mechanical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Design, Project Management, Energy Conservation & Efficiency, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD MEP, Computer Aided Design, and AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Energy Conservation & Efficiency and AutoCAD. Those proficient in HVAC System Design are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for HVAC Mechanical Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $74K. For HVAC Mechanical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,233

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For HVAC Mechanical Engineers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. HVAC Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Washington (+4 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Houston (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Design
up arrow 14%



Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit MEP
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$64,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 3%


AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite
up arrow 5%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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