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Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary

Men make up the majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $16.84 per hour. Total cash compensation to Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $60K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$28,784 - $62,545
(Median)
29K
35K
43K
54K
63K
MEDIAN: $43,078
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$11.42 - $25.73
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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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
$28,784 - $62,545  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,030  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,933  
Commission
$300.00 - $10,000  
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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$25,290 - $60,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.42 - $25.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.43  
Overtime
$15.49 - $37.89  
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 - $2,030  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,933  
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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$25,290 - $60,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 847
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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. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as HVAC Service Technicians or HVAC Mechanics. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics are few in number. Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 9 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows HVAC System Design to be familiar with Systems Troubleshooting as well.

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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics. 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 $38K. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $49K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$38,000

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


Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 37%