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HVAC Installer Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Installers in the United States, bringing in about $16.36 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by one in three. Most HVAC Installers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,798 - $53,252
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,759
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$11.18 - $25.31
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,798 - $53,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,049  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,000  
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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$24,446 - $56,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.18 - $25.31  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $37.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,049  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,000  
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).
)
$24,446 - $56,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 701

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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.

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HVAC Installers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic. Median pay for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is $38K.

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Survey results show that HVAC Installers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in hvac installer, HVAC System Design, Systems Troubleshooting, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Troubleshooting and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Installer

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


For many HVAC Installers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. On average, HVAC Installers make $44K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $49K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

HVAC Installer Reviews

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
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Installer Salaries

hvac installer
up arrow 14%


Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 41%
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