HVAC Installer Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Installers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.30 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Installers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The larger part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a third collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,872 - $54,031
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,294
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90%

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$11.11 - $25.23
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
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
$23,872 - $54,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,040  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $2,948  
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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$24,279 - $56,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $25.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $1.97  
Overtime
$15.45 - $37.06  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $2,948  
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).
)
$24,279 - $56,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 824
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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 go on to become Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic, an upper-level role, pays $38K.

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Survey results imply that HVAC Installers put a diverse skill set to use. 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 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 $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. HVAC Installers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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.

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 35%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

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 92 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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