Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary

Men account for the majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.00 per hour. In the world of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, total cash compensation can vary between $26K and $63K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $10K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although the larger part have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to 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
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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For Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. The most common career progression for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics leads to becoming a HVAC Service Technician, where average pay is $43K annually. However, many Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics also opt to become HVAC Installers. Typically, a HVAC Installer brings home $37K.

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Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Problem Solving, Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, and HVAC System Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 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.


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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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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