Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary

Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.49 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is high. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,861 - $61,216
(Median)
$27K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,719
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$11.86 - $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
$26,861 - $61,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,931  
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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$25,845 - $60,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $26.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.36  
Overtime
$16.76 - $38.79  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,931  
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).
)
$25,845 - $60,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 836
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. 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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Job skills reported by Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics are limited. Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Aptitude in HVAC System Design tends to also indicate an understanding 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $50K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

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 8%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 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
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 37%
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