HVAC Installation Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.00 per hour. Although the greater part have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. Most HVAC Installation Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$21,305 - $78,130
(Median)
$21K
$49K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,131
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$12.90 - $25.75
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$21,305 - $78,130  
   
Bonus
$391.49 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$1,011  
Commission
$4,300  
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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$27,416 - $60,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$18.34 - $38.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$391.49 - $9,933  
   
Commission
$4,300  
Profit Sharing
$1,011  
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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$27,416 - $60,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 247
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Job Description for HVAC Installation Technician

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians work with heating, air, and refrigeration systems, installing, repairing, and performing maintenance on these systems as necessary. Depending on the area of specialization, prospective HVAC technicians may work in a wide variety of settings. For example, large system HVAC specialists work in industrial environments and may be indoors and outdoors depending on the project; many HVAC technicians work in residential settings performing tasks indoors and outdoors as needed.

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HVAC Installation Technician Tasks

  • Calibrate and maintain HVAC equipment, and resolve problems.
  • Document and communicate progress, problems, and troubleshooting steps.
  • Transport, install, and load software into HVAC systems, testing diagnostics, and sensors.
  • Assess and document electrical layouts and communicate with customer about site.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Installation Technician


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HVAC Installation Technicians tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like HVAC Mechanic. The two jobs pay about the same on average. A Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic role is the most prevalent career advancement for HVAC Installation Technicians. Paychecks for that role are $38K on average. The HVAC Service Technician position is another common transition for HVAC Installation Technicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $44K mark.

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Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Installation Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, HVAC Installation Technicians make a median salary of $48K. HVAC Installation Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $49K.

HVAC Installation Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a HVAC Installation Technician?

HVAC Installation Technician in Salmon:
"Under paid."
Pros: I am free to do the job correctly to the plan management made the bid for I do it as close to the book as I am allowed without wasting customers time or company money.
Cons: Underpaid underappreciated when my department makes the most money.

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Experience Affects HVAC Installation Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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