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HVAC Installer Salary (United States)

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, HVAC Installers earn an average of $16.39 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and one-third receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
HVAC Installer Salary (?
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$24,243 - $57,982
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MEDIAN: $40,703
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HVAC Installer Salary (?
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$11.28 - $25.17
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,243 - $57,982  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,039  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,500  
Commission
$1,700 - $6,350  
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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$24,682 - $56,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.28 - $25.17  
   
Overtime
$15.84 - $37.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,039  
   
Commission
$1,700 - $6,350  
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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$24,682 - $56,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 447
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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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For HVAC Installers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level HVAC Installers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic.

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HVAC Installers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with HVAC System Design and hvac installer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $49K.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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San Francisco
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Denver
up arrow 23%
Phoenix
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Indianapolis
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Cleveland
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National Average
$36,000
San Antonio
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Portland
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Dallas
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Houston
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Omaha
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Salt Lake City
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For HVAC Installers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 68 percent above the national average. HVAC Installers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+35 percent), Denver (+23 percent), Phoenix (+20 percent), and Indianapolis (+19 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a HVAC Installer's salary, with Salt Lake City HVAC Installers earning salaries that are 37 percent less than the national average. Omaha and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 14 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
up arrow 34%
Experienced
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$36,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect HVAC Installer Salaries

HVAC System Design
up arrow 22%
hvac installer
up arrow 14%
National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 40%