HVAC Installer Salary

HVAC Installers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.40 per hour. Total cash earnings of HVAC Installers range from $25K on the low end to $57K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $7K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most HVAC Installers. Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly one in three. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,188 - $56,418
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,284
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$11.42 - $25.28
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,188 - $56,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $7,213  
Commission
$1,977  
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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$24,624 - $56,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.42 - $25.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51  
Overtime
$16.40 - $37.51  
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
$0.00 - $3,523  
   
Commission
$1,977  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $7,213  
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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$24,624 - $56,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,242
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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

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

Common Career Paths for HVAC Installer


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HVAC Installers who transition into an upper level Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic makes $38K a year.

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HVAC Installers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Metal Inert Gas Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, and hvac installer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing System Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Blueprints and HVAC also typically command lower compensation. Aptitude in Customer Service tends to also indicate an understanding of HVAC System Design.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Installer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. HVAC Installers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $50K on average.

HVAC Installer Reviews

What is it like working as a HVAC Installer?

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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Experience Affects HVAC Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%


Mid-Career
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National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Installer Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 34%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 14%

hvac installer
up arrow 13%

Leadership
up arrow 9%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 8%


Plumbing
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
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National Average
$37,000

Installer
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
up arrow 6%

HVAC
up arrow 19%

Blueprints
up arrow 22%

System Repair
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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