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HVAC Installation Technician Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of HVAC Installation Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.90 per hour. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The majority of HVAC Installation Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
HVAC Installation Technician Salary (?
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$30,521 - $70,318
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MEDIAN: $45,000
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HVAC Installation Technician Salary (?
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$11.36 - $24.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,521 - $70,318  
   
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$0.00 - $1,515  
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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$24,670 - $56,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.36 - $24.85  
   
Overtime
$15.48 - $34.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
   
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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$24,670 - $56,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 366
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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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Though it's uncommon, some HVAC Installation Technicians move into roles as HVAC Mechanics, where pay is an average $44K per year. HVAC Installation Technicians typically move into roles as Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics or HVAC Service Technicians, and those positions pay $1K more and $7K more, respectively.

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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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. HVAC Installation Technicians see a median salary of $44K after reaching 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 $48K.

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Experience Affects HVAC Installation Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$36,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 35%