Male Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.59 per hour in the United States. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly two in five lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,636 - $75,320
(Median)
$25K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $47,871
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90%

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$12.36 - $28.27
(Median)
$12
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,636 - $75,320  
   
Bonus
$301.00 - $4,983  
Profit Sharing
$2,543  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$27,261 - $65,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $28.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $3.97  
Overtime
$18.37 - $45.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$301.00 - $4,983  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,543  
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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$27,261 - $65,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 639
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. With an annual salary of $44K, HVAC Service Technician is the most common role for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a HVAC Installer role — which usually pays $37K — is also typical for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, though less common by comparison.

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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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics make a median salary of $47K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $55K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 32%


Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000


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

System Repair
up arrow 20%

Plumbing
up arrow 19%

Pipe Welding
up arrow 18%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 15%



Problem Solving
up arrow 6%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$41,000

hvac installer
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Installer
up arrow 11%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 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
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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