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HVAC Installer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Installers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.44 per hour nationwide. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Most HVAC Installers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
HVAC Installer Salary (?
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$24,328 - $62,730
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MEDIAN: $41,124
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HVAC Installer Salary (?
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$11.49 - $25.62
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,328 - $62,730  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,500  
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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$24,640 - $57,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $25.62  
   
Overtime
$16.18 - $38.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,500  
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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$24,640 - $57,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat for those who assume higher-end positions like Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics tend to get paid $38K.

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Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Installer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
HVAC Installers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. HVAC Installers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $49K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

Indianapolis
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National Average
$37,000
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For HVAC Installers, Indianapolis provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Omaha is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Houston (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

HVAC Installer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
HVAC Installer in Sacramento:
"It Is A Rewarding Job When You Are Paid And Treated Fairly."
Only go to the best companies out there, ones that offer paid vacation and sick leave and retirement, provide medical and dental benefits for you and your family.
What is it like working as a HVAC Installer?
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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$37,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 39%