HVAC Installer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Installers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.42 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings for HVAC Installers — including $4K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $25K to $57K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. About one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a third collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,107 - $64,454
$24K
$42K
$64K
MEDIAN: $41,685
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$11.71 - $25.29
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MEDIAN: $16.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,107 - $64,454  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $4,108  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,616  
Commission
$195.74 - $9,933  
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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$25,035 - $57,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $25.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44  
Overtime
$16.83 - $37.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$304.10 - $4,108  
   
Commission
$195.74 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,616  
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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$25,035 - $57,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,608

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Job Description for HVAC Installer

HVAC installers are responsible for successfully installing HVAC equipment for their organization. They are in charge of troubleshooting electrical circuits, pipes, and system components as needed. They replace air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment as needed, as well as test connections for leakage and pressure problems. Among their main responsibilities are installing and connecting thermostats and humidstats using hand tools, as well as verifying correct functioning of residential and business equipment.

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HVAC Installer Tasks

  • Repair and rebuild complex commercial HVAC and environmental systems, touring and inspecting regularly.
  • Keep all HVAC and mechanical rooms clean, orderly, and organized.
  • Calibrate thermostats and ensure appropriate temperatures are maintained.
  • Oversee outside contractors and HVAC technicians to ensure timely service and performance.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Installer


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Moving into a HVAC Service Technician position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $44K annually.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating offers the most; HVAC Installers earn $47K on average there.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Installer

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


HVAC Installers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. HVAC Installers bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,911

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 61 percent, HVAC Installers in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. HVAC Installers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), and Omaha (+11 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Louisville and 7 percent less in Buffalo, below-median salaries for those in this field.

HVAC Installer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a HVAC Installer?

HVAC Installer in Maryland:
"Love what I do but its hard on the body."
Pros: I like the challenge of making everything come together and look nice and knowing I contributed to helping a family stay cool and warm for years to come.
Cons: I dont like that the workers input doesnt mean anything for real change. Upper management dont really listen. The pay isnt worth how much you have to do and put up with.

HVAC Installer in Taylor:
"It's not all bad."
Pros: I enjoy working with my hands, and making people's homes more comfortable and safe.
Cons: The stress is very tough to deal with, feels as though I'm always on a time crunch.

HVAC Installer in Decatur:
Pros: The constant learning. The different aspects of the field. The job opportunities. The ability to move anywhere in the world. Just mentally and physically active.
Cons: High stress do to (time crunch and figuring things out) Can get very dirty on the job.

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Key Stats for HVAC Installer

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects HVAC Installer Salaries

▲33%

▲24%

▲9%

National Average
$37,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect HVAC Installer Salaries

ELECTRICAL
▲15%


▲9%

▲8%

Pipe Welding
▲8%


Leadership
▲7%


National Average
$37,000


hvac installer
▼4%

Installer
▼6%

Welding
▼8%

Sheet metal
▼11%

Team Leadership
▼15%

System Repair
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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