Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary

A sizeable majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.00 per hour. Total cash compensation to Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $63K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,500 - $64,203
(Median)
$28K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,615
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$11.93 - $27.02
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,500 - $64,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,011  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $9,863  
Commission
$1,200  
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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$26,032 - $62,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $27.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.74  
Overtime
$17.05 - $40.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,011  
   
Commission
$1,200  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $9,863  
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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$26,032 - $62,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 872
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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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As Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers earn $70K on average per year. As Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics progress in their field, many go on to become HVAC Service Technicians. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $43K per year. Another common career choice for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is to move into a HVAC Installer role. Typically, HVAC Installers get paid $37K.

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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.


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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. For Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $51K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

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

Problem Solving
up arrow 8%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%


HVAC System Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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