How much does an HVAC Mechanic I make in the United States? The average HVAC Mechanic I salary in the United States is $49,474 as of April 24, 2024, but the range typically falls between $42,708 and $58,274. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

HVAC Mechanic I Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile HVAC Mechanic I Salary $36,547 US April 24, 2024
25th Percentile HVAC Mechanic I Salary $42,708 US April 24, 2024
50th Percentile HVAC Mechanic I Salary $49,474 US April 24, 2024
75th Percentile HVAC Mechanic I Salary $58,274 US April 24, 2024
90th Percentile HVAC Mechanic I Salary $66,285 US April 24, 2024
25% $42,708 10% $36,547 90% $66,285 75% $58,274 $49,474 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does an HVAC Mechanic I need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again. Troubleshooting is needed to identify the symptoms. Determining the most likely cause is a process of elimination—eliminating potential causes of a problem. Finally, troubleshooting requires confirmation that the solution restores the product or process to its working state. In general, troubleshooting is the identification or diagnosis of "trouble" in the management flow of a system caused by a failure of some kind. The problem is initially described as symptoms of malfunction, and troubleshooting is the process of determining and remedying the causes of these symptoms. A system can be described in terms of its expected, desired or intended behavior (usually, for artificial systems, its purpose). Events or inputs to the system are expected to generate specific results or outputs. (For example, selecting the "print" option from various computer applications is intended to result in a hardcopy emerging from some specific device). Any unexpected or undesirable behavior is a symptom. Troubleshooting is the process of isolating the specific cause or causes of the symptom. Frequently the symptom is a failure of the product or process to produce any results. (Nothing was printed, for example). Corrective action can then be taken to prevent further failures of a similar kind.

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Project Commissioning: Project commissioning is the process of assuring that all systems and components of a building or industrial plant are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to the operational requirements of the owner or final client.

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Preventive Maintenance: Preventive maintenance is the act of performing regularly scheduled maintenance activities to help prevent unexpected failures in the future. Put simply, it's about fixing things before they break.

Troubleshooting 6.69%
Project Commissioning 3.88%
Preventive Maintenance 1.64%
Others 87.79%

Job Description for HVAC Mechanic I

HVAC Mechanic I performs maintenance and service repairs on heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. Installs new units or replacement parts for existing units according to specifications and established safety guidelines. Being an HVAC Mechanic I follows blueprints or engineering specifications to install units. Performs troubleshooting to identify the cause of problems. Additionally, HVAC Mechanic I maintains and secures a spare parts inventory. Recommends purchasing maintenance equipment and supplies as required to improve processes and efficiencies. Typically requires an apprenticeship and/or completion of technical training. Requires a high school diploma. The regulations governing the location may require an HVAC Mechanical State License and EPA Section 608 Certification (CFC). Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. The HVAC Mechanic I works under the close direction of senior personnel in the functional area. Possesses a moderate understanding of general aspects of the job. May require 0-1 year of general work experience. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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Career Path for HVAC Mechanic I

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For HVAC Mechanic I, the upper level is HVAC Mechanic II and then progresses to HVAC Supervisor.

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HVAC Mechanic I salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of HVAC Mechanic I, the highest HVAC Mechanic I salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the HVAC Mechanic I salary is 25.0% above. The lowest HVAC Mechanic I salary is in Miami, FL, where the HVAC Mechanic I salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-3.5%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.3%

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