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HVAC Installation Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of HVAC Installation Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.19 per hour. Most HVAC Installation Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and one in three have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,839 - $70,469
(Median)
$24K
$42K
$70K
MEDIAN: $42,000
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90%

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$11.42 - $24.95
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,839 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
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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$24,634 - $57,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.42 - $24.95  
   
Overtime
$15.84 - $35.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
   
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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$24,634 - $57,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 363

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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 $44K annually. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics or HVAC Service Technicians are common next-step roles for HVAC Installation Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is $1K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for HVAC Service Technicians.

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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.


For many HVAC Installation Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. HVAC Installation Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $49K.

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Experience Affects HVAC Installation Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 37%
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