Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.70 per hour. The range in pay spans from $11.23 per hour to $25.45. Overall cash earnings for Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics stretch from $27,562 on the lower end to $61,988 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $2,013 from bonuses and $9,933 from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Some workers in this field—around one third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by about a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary (?
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$27,562 - $61,988
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MEDIAN: $43,452
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Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary (?
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$11.23 - $25.45
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,562 - $61,988  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,933  
Commission
$300.00 - $10,000  
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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$25,064 - $59,622  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $25.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.43  
Overtime
$15.43 - $37.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $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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$25,064 - $59,622  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 857
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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
  • Communicate with clients, setting expectations, and delivering quality customer service.
  • Test systems and diagnose installation problems to ensure products perform at specifications.
  • Interpret instructions, designs, and schematics.
  • Install heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration equipment to company standards.
  • Assemble and connect equipment, thermostats, timers, and other accessories.

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

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While Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics do not often become Construction Project Managers, the ones that do transition make an extra $33K per year. Career advancement for Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics often leads to becoming HVAC Service Technicians or HVAC Mechanics, where they can earn $4,819 or $5,457 more per year.

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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.
Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Beginning workers can expect to earn $31K starting out, which grows to $38K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $42K after 10 to 20 years. Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Philadelphia
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Salt Lake City
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Atlanta
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Houston
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National Average
$38,000
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For Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+20 percent), Salt Lake City (+9 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Houston (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$38,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%
HVAC System Design
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National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 36%
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