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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 $17.42 per hour nationwide. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,688 - $62,669
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $42,785
10%
50%
90%

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$11.90 - $26.06
(Median)
$12
$17
$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
$28,688 - $62,669  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,026  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,734  
Commission
$450.00 - $9,200  
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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$26,058 - $60,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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
$11.90 - $26.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.36  
Overtime
$16.75 - $38.82  
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 - $2,026  
   
Commission
$450.00 - $9,200  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,734  
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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$26,058 - $60,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 835

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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 Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. The most common career progression for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics leads to becoming a HVAC Service Technician, where average pay is $43K annually. However, many Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics also opt to become HVAC Installers. Typically, a HVAC Installer brings home $36K.

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Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. HVAC System Design and Systems Troubleshooting are also commonly seen together.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $49K on average.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

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 185 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 36%
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