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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 $17.46 per hour nationwide. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,374 - $61,997
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,296
10%
50%
90%

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$11.88 - $26.22
(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
$26,374 - $61,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
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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$25,855 - $60,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $26.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.36  
Overtime
$16.75 - $39.17  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
   
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).
)
$25,855 - $60,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 844
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where pay is an average $70K per year. The most common promotion for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is HVAC Service Technician, a position that typically pays $43K annually. Another standard transition for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics seeking advancement is to assume a HVAC Installer role, where pay is often $36K.

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Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics report a focused set of job skills. Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Experience with HVAC System Design is often linked with knowledge of Systems Troubleshooting.

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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $49K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

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 186 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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