HVAC engineering Salaries and Rates in 2024

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Median Salary Expectations:

How statistics are calculated

We count how many offers each candidate received and for what salary. For example, if a HVAC engineering with a salary of $4,500 received 10 offers, then we would count him 10 times. If there were no offers, then he would not get into the statistics either.

The graph column is the total number of offers. This is not the number of vacancies, but an indicator of the level of demand. The more offers there are, the more companies try to hire such a specialist. 5k+ includes candidates with salaries >= $5,000 and < $5,500.

Median Salary Expectation – the weighted average of the market offer in the selected specialization, that is, the most frequent job offers for the selected specialization received by candidates. We do not count accepted or rejected offers.

HVAC engineering

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, a term encapsulating the technologies aimed at providing thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. These systems are crucial in maintaining comfort in spaces by controlling air temperature, purifying the air from pollutants and allergens, and managing humidity levels.

The Three Core Components of HVAC


This element ensures a comfortable indoor temperature during colder conditions, utilizing various energy sources such as electricity, gas, or solar power to produce heat. The heat is distributed throughout the building to maintain consistent room temperature levels.


Ventilation is essential for replacing or exchanging indoor air with outdoor air, thus removing undesirable odours, excess moisture, and contaminants such as smoke, dust, and airborne bacteria. This process is vital for regulating indoor humidity levels and maintaining efficient operation of the heating and air conditioning components.

Air Conditioning

Contrary to common perception, air conditioning not only cools the air but also enhances air quality and supports temperature control. It works with other system components to filter the air and maintain comfortable temperature levels, regardless of external weather conditions.

Common Locations for HVAC Systems

HVAC systems are ubiquitous in modern infrastructure:

In Commercial Buildings to ensure a conducive working environment and efficient business operations.

In Hospitality Venues, including hotels and resorts, for guests’ comfort.

In healthcare facilities, it is essential to manage the environment in critical areas like operating rooms.

Control Systems in HVAC

HVAC systems are managed through various types of controllers:

OEM Logic Boards: Factory-programmed for specific equipment, allowing basic user configurations.

Simple Programmable Controllers include basic devices like programmable thermostats, which may be integrated into building automation systems (BAS).

Custom Programmable Devices (Backend): Offer extensive programmability and are usually part of a product line featuring different capabilities.

Graphical User Interface (GUI) Software (Frontend): Allows operators to monitor and control the systems, often designed to work specifically with a manufacturer’s backend devices.

Essential Tools in HVAC Design and Analysis

AutoCAD: This software is pivotal in drafting precise 2D and 3D drawings, allowing HVAC professionals to create detailed technical schematics of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

Revit: Specialized for BIM (Building Information Modeling), Revit enhances collaboration among architects, engineers, and design teams by allowing them to create coordinated and consistent model-based designs. This tool is crucial for integrating HVAC systems into larger building designs efficiently.

HAP (Hourly Analysis Program): Developed by Carrier, HAP provides versatile features for load calculations and energy and economic analysis, which are essential for optimizing HVAC system performance.

HVAC Solution: This software allows engineers to build air handlers, boilers, and cooling systems from scratch or using pre-built components. It streamlines the design process by providing tools for system layout and sizing.

Duct Sizer: A tool used to calculate the dimensions of ducts based on the airflow requirements, ensuring efficient sizing and optimized performance of the ventilation component of HVAC systems.

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