Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary

Men make up the majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.24 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,594 - $62,805
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,798
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90%

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$11.84 - $25.85
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$28,594 - $62,805  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,031  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,050  
Commission
$450.00 - $9,200  
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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$25,789 - $60,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $25.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.36  
Overtime
$16.53 - $38.60  
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 - $2,031  
   
Commission
$450.00 - $9,200  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,050  
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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$25,789 - $60,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 837

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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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There are some Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Construction Project Managers, where earnings are an average $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 $36K.

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Typical Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, and HVAC System Design can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 4 percent to 10 percent more than the national average. Competency in HVAC System Design frequently indicates 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported 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 $39K. On average, Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $49K.

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

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000

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


Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%

HVAC System Design
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National Average
$39,000

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
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 36%