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 $18.69 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics stretch from $27K on the lower end to $66K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Most Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,591 - $80,850
$25K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,123
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50%
90%

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$12.62 - $26.95
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.35
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$0$80K
Salary $24,591 - $80,850
Bonus $264.22 - $6,128
Profit Sharing $197.47 - $9,863
Commission $101.37 - $10,356
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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$27,197 - $66,084
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 97
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $12.62 - $26.95
Hourly Tips $1.39
Overtime $18.55 - $43.26
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $264.22 - $6,128
Commission $101.37 - $10,356
Profit Sharing $197.47 - $9,863
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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$27,197 - $66,084
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 626

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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

  • Install heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration equipment to company standards.
  • Assemble and connect equipment, thermostats, timers, and other accessories.
  • Interpret instructions, designs, and schematics.
  • Communicate with clients, setting expectations, and delivering quality customer service.
  • Test systems and diagnose installation problems to ensure products perform at specifications.

Common Career Paths for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer


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For Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. A HVAC Service Technician role is the most common promotion for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $44K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is a HVAC Installer position, where earnings are usually $37K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer

Pay by Experience for a Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer has a positive trend. An entry-level Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 308 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 197 salaries. An experienced Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 221 salaries. A Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 124 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,380

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

With a pay rate for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+24 percent), Phoenix (+24 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), and Philadelphia (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics in Orlando earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Akron and San Antonio (22 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer?

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer in 23868:
"Hvac."
Pros: Troubleshooting, installing equipment.
Cons: The company's head personnel, they don't handle business professionally.

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer in Rosemount:
"Its a decent job."
Pros: Flexile hours and variety.
Cons: Weather when its bad.

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer in Homosassa:
"Feels good to fix it."
Pros: Making people happy and seeing there face on arrival.
Cons: Need more money and less hours worked in the summer.

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Key Stats for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salaries

▲31%

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$41,000

▼17%

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

System Repair
▲20%

Troubleshooting
▲14%

Plumbing
▲11%

▲9%



Problem Solving
▲6%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲2%

National Average
$41,000

hvac installer
▼3%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼15%

Installer
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 41%
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