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

Most Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States are men, earning an average of $16.70 per hour. Pay starts at $11.23 per hour and can approach $25.45 on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by around one third. For the most part, Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. 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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MEDIAN: $16.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics who transition into Construction Project Managers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $33K per year. Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics most often move into positions as HVAC Service Technicians or HVAC Mechanics, where they can expect an extra $4,819 or $5,457 per year.

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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.
Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Starting out, salaries are typically $31K, which grows to $38K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $42K after one to two decades. Salary increase slows as Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent 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 16 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Houston
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National Average
$38,000
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For those looking to make money, Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Houston, top-paying cities where Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics see paychecks higher than average (+20 percent, +9 percent, +6 percent, and +2 percent).

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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
$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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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%
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