Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary

Male Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.66 per hour in the United States. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,561 - $79,463
$25K
$48K
$79K
MEDIAN: $48,169
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$12.39 - $27.94
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MEDIAN: $18.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$24,561 - $79,463  
   
Bonus
$267.78 - $5,987  
Profit Sharing
$2,457  
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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$26,849 - $66,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $27.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$19.23 - $44.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$267.78 - $5,987  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,457  
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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$26,849 - $66,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 626

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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. A HVAC Service Technician role is the most common promotion for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $44K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is a HVAC Installer position, where earnings are usually $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: $41,680

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

For Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+25 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. Akron and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 22 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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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 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salaries

▲30%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$42,000

▼18%

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

System Repair
▲19%

Troubleshooting
▲14%

Plumbing
▲10%

▲9%



Problem Solving
▲5%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲1%

National Average
$42,000

hvac installer
▼3%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼16%

Installer
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 41%
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