HVAC Installation Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of HVAC Installation Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.45 per hour. Although more than half have medical coverage and nearly one-third have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most HVAC Installation Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,672 - $67,167

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$11.56 - $24.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,672 - $67,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
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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$24,825 - $57,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $24.88  
   
Overtime
$16.14 - $35.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
   
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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$24,825 - $57,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
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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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For HVAC Installation Technicians who go on to become HVAC Mechanics, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a HVAC Mechanic earns $43K annually. It is not unusual for a HVAC Installation Technician to become a Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic or a HVAC Service Technician.

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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.


HVAC Installation Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. On average, HVAC Installation Technicians make $44K following one to two decades on the job. HVAC Installation Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $49K.

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Experience Affects HVAC Installation Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 38%
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