Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary

Men account for the majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.54 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,689 - $61,586
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,578
10%
50%
90%

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$11.85 - $26.17
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,689 - $61,586  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,897  
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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$25,835 - $60,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $26.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.36  
Overtime
$16.67 - $38.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,897  
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).
)
$25,835 - $60,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 841
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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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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. Becoming a HVAC Service Technician is, more often than not, the most common role that Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $43K. Another frequent advance is for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics to assume a HVAC Installer role; in this role, workers often earn $36K.

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Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Systems Troubleshooting is a skill commonly found among those who know HVAC System Design.

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.


For many Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. For Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $50K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

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


Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 37%
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