HVAC Installer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, HVAC Installers earn an average of $16.28 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and close to one-third have dental insurance. Most HVAC Installers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,872 - $54,031
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,294
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$11.11 - $25.28
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,872 - $54,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $2,750  
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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$24,263 - $56,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $25.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $1.97  
Overtime
$15.47 - $37.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $2,750  
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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$24,263 - $56,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 840
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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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HVAC Installers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Manufacturing Fabrication, hvac installer, Plumbing, and HVAC System Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Installer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of HVAC Installers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. HVAC Installers bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $50K.

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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Installer Salaries

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 15%

hvac installer
up arrow 12%

Plumbing
up arrow 11%


Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 42%
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