$49,963
Avg. Salary
$18.59
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$969

Bonus

$2,000

Profit Sharing

$1,100

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Heating, Air Conditioning, Or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer is $18.59 per hour.

The average pay for a Heating, Air Conditioning, Or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer is $49,963 per year.

$12.81
10%
$18.59
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$28.71
90%
MEDIAN $18.59
$25k
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$50k
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$80k
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MEDIAN $49,963
$25,130 - $79,871
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MEDIAN: $49,963
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$12.81 - $28.71
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$0$79K
Salary $25,130 - $79,871
Bonus $105 - $4,887
Profit Sharing $198 - $6,183
Commission $29.80 - $10,056
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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$27,388 - $65,713
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 222
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $12.81 - $28.71
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.12
Overtime $18.66 - $44.37
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $105 - $4,887
Commission $29.80 - $10,056
Profit Sharing $198 - $6,183
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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$27,388 - $65,713
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,812

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.

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

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: $41,230

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 Fresno:
"Very hot area."
Pros: Seasons change regularly.summers are hot work is year round.
Cons: Customers not willing to pay for proper jobs. They pay less with least experienced companies and the cheapest and I have to explain what went wrong. And charge to fix, which they still want a cheap price.

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer in Warwick:
"Good, very happy clients."
Pros: Location is nice since I am privy with warwick.
Cons: Driving to shop to turn around and come back.

Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer in Atlanta:
"TRAIN FOR SUCCESS."
I recommend to anyone starting in the HVAC to train with an experienced Installer to learn the basics of HVAC system design before attempting to learn service and repair.

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 Mesa:
"Make sure your payed what you are worth."
Learn the business for as long as you can then try to open your own. Working for someone can be extemely stressful if you have a certain way of doing your duties. Allow some room to explore new ideas though. Hours can be long but winters can be dreadful. Keep money in your account for winter seasons it will become slow.

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 365 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

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

▲31%

▲13%

▲7%

National Average
$41,000

▼17%

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

System Repair
▲20%

Troubleshooting
▲15%

Plumbing
▲11%

▲10%



Problem Solving
▲6%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲2%

National Average
$41,000

hvac installer
▼2%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼15%

Installer
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 365 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 42%