A sizeable majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.62 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics. Although roughly two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,968 - $76,025
$24K
$45K
$76K
MEDIAN: $44,530
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50%
90%

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$12.39 - $28.29
$12
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.62
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,968 - $76,025  
   
Bonus
$486.45 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$26,859 - $65,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $28.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $3.97  
Overtime
$18.70 - $45.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$486.45 - $5,152  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$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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$26,859 - $65,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 631

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Job Description for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer

A heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration mechanic/installer works with various climate control and ventilation systems in residential, commercial, or industrial settings. Frequently this job is known as an HVAC (for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) technician.

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Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Tasks

  • Install heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration equipment to company standards.
  • Assemble and connect equipment, thermostats, timers, and other accessories.
  • Interpret instructions, designs, and schematics.
  • Communicate with clients, setting expectations, and delivering quality customer service.
  • Test systems and diagnose installation problems to ensure products perform at specifications.

Common Career Paths for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer


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Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. The most common promotion for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is HVAC Service Technician, a position that typically pays $44K annually. Another standard transition for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics seeking advancement is to assume a HVAC Installer role, where pay is often $37K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer

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 Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics make a median salary of $47K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $54K.

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Key Stats for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 20%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 15%


Plumbing
up arrow 11%



Problem Solving
up arrow 6%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

hvac installer
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Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 15%

Installer
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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