Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.67 per hour nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics can bottom out near $27K or peak near $67K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,366 - $79,997
$24K
$48K
$80K
MEDIAN: $47,902
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$12.55 - $27.73
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MEDIAN: $18.67
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$0$79K
Salary $24,366 - $79,997
Bonus $293.61 - $6,163
Profit Sharing $200.33 - $9,933
Commission $2,000
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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$26,933 - $67,138
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 89
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $12.55 - $27.73
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $19.40 - $44.67
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $293.61 - $6,163
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $200.33 - $9,933
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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$26,933 - $67,138
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 598

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. The average Construction Project Manager brings home $70K per year. The most common career progression for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics leads to becoming a HVAC Service Technician, where average pay is $44K annually. However, many Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics also opt to become HVAC Installers. Typically, a HVAC Installer brings home $37K.

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

Pay by Experience for a Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer has a positive trend. An entry-level Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 308 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 197 salaries. An experienced Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 221 salaries. A Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 124 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,802

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

For Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+24 percent), Phoenix (+24 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), and Philadelphia (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers in Akron and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer?

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer in 23868:
"Hvac."
Pros: Troubleshooting, installing equipment.
Cons: The company's head personnel, they don't handle business professionally.

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer in Rosemount:
"Its a decent job."
Pros: Flexile hours and variety.
Cons: Weather when its bad.

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer in Homosassa:
"Feels good to fix it."
Pros: Making people happy and seeing there face on arrival.
Cons: Need more money and less hours worked in the summer.

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

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salaries

▲30%

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$42,000

▼18%

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

System Repair
▲18%

Troubleshooting
▲13%

Plumbing
▲10%

▲8%



Problem Solving
▲4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲1%

National Average
$42,000

hvac installer
▼4%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼16%

Installer
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 40%
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