HVAC Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $22.02 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,558 - $76,659
$30K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $49,171
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50%
90%

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$14.82 - $34.13
$15
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $22.29
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$0$76K
Salary $29,558 - $76,659
Bonus $503 - $4,569
Profit Sharing $3,644
Commission $1,750
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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$31,070 - $75,565
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 102
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $14.82 - $34.13
Hourly Tips $0.95
Overtime $21.84 - $53.13
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $503 - $4,569
Commission $1,750
Profit Sharing $3,644
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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$31,070 - $75,565
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 567

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Job Description for HVAC Mechanic

An HVAC mechanic performs installation and maintenance tasks related to heating and cooling units such as heating systems, air conditioning systems, and refrigeration units. On a day-to-day basis, HVAC mechanics typically perform light maintenance on heating, cooling and vent systems; respond to emergency calls; and make at home visits to perform repairs. They also analyze systems to make sure they are running smoothly and efficiently; additionally, they must ensure systems are running safely. HVAC mechanics also need to be able to read and understand system blueprints, as well as be able to prepare sketches and perform any additional duties assigned by supervisors.

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HVAC Mechanic Tasks

  • Repair and rebuild complex commercial HVAC and environmental systems, touring and inspecting regularly.
  • Keep all HVAC and mechanical rooms clean, orderly, and organized.
  • Calibrate thermostats and ensure appropriate temperatures are maintained.
  • Oversee outside contractors and HVAC technicians to ensure timely service and performance.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Mechanic


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For HVAC Mechanics, a move to the HVAC Installer role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. HVAC Installers typically make $37K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Mechanic


Survey results suggest that HVAC Mechanics use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, HVAC System Design, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Those listing Problem Solving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Welding and System Repair also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in HVAC System Design indicates knowledge of Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Mechanic

Pay by Experience for an HVAC Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level HVAC Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 174 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An HVAC Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 158 salaries. An experienced HVAC Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 255 salaries. An HVAC Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 144 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,446

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for HVAC Mechanics that is 70 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. HVAC Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+54 percent), Denver (+28 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Norfolk, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Richmond and Raleigh (22 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

HVAC Mechanic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a HVAC Mechanic?

HVAC Mechanic in Levittown:
"Happy Customer."
Pros: Making every single customer you meet happy by either fixing their system or installing a brand new system.
Cons: How complicated a system can be. There are so much parts involved.

HVAC Mechanic in Pueblo:
"Always busy."
Pros: I enjoy working at my job as the people here are very talented and very close-knit. The work environment is great.”
Cons: Sometimes the heat can be overwhelming.

HVAC Mechanic in Wilmington:
"No."
Pros: The work. I like going to new places and working.
Cons: I don't like having to bang jobs out one after the other.

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Key Stats for HVAC Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects HVAC Mechanic Salaries

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$49,000

▼8%

▼26%

Skills That Affect HVAC Mechanic Salaries




Troubleshooting
▲1%

National Average
$49,000

▼2%

HVAC
▼6%

System Repair
▼9%

▼10%

Problem Solving
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 24%
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