HVAC Installer Salary (United States)

HVAC Installers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.44 per hour. The range in pay spans from $11.49 per hour to $25.62. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. 39 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about a third claim dental coverage as well. Most HVAC Installers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from 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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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 level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanic tend to get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles.

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Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Installer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all HVAC Installers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, pay rises to approximately $39K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $44K. After 20 years in the field, HVAC Installers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Indianapolis
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National Average
$37,000
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Indianapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for HVAC Installers, 18 percent higher than the national average. Omaha ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Workers in Dallas and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-11 percent and -8 percent).

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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Mid-Career
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National Average
$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%
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