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Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.70 per hour nationwide. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics spread between $25K and $60K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is high. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary (?
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$27,562 - $61,988
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MEDIAN: $43,452
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Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary (?
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$11.23 - $25.45
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,562 - $61,988  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
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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$25,064 - $59,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $25.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.43  
Overtime
$15.43 - $37.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$25,064 - $59,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 857
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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 do not often transition into Construction Project Manager roles. The role tends to pay $70K per year. HVAC Service Technicians or HVAC Mechanics are common next-step roles for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics moving up in their careers; annual pay for HVAC Service Technicians is $5K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for HVAC Mechanics.

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics usually report a few specific skills. Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 4 percent respectively. HVAC System Design and Systems Troubleshooting are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $38K. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $49K on average. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; over one-half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly one in six.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Philadelphia
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Salt Lake City
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Houston
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National Average
$38,000
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For Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+20 percent), Salt Lake City (+9 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Houston (+2 percent).

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

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 14%
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
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HVAC System Design
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National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 36%