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 $17.52 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one in three. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,756 - $61,264

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$11.88 - $26.34

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,756 - $61,264  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
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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$25,932 - $60,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $26.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.79  
Overtime
$16.75 - $38.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
   
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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$25,932 - $60,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 843
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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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At the upper end, Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. With an annual salary of $43K, 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 $36K — is also typical for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, though less common by comparison.

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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 8 percent, respectively. Many workers who know HVAC System Design also know 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 38%
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