HVAC Installer Salary

Men account for the majority of HVAC Installers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.52 per hour. Total cash earnings of HVAC Installers range from $25K on the low end to $58K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $9K, respectively. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and location are driving factors as well. Some workers in this field — just under one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by approximately half and dental plans are enjoyed by just under a third. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Installers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,650 - $66,640
$25K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $42,622
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$11.90 - $25.45
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MEDIAN: $16.52
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$0$66K
Salary $24,650 - $66,640
Bonus $213.65 - $4,861
Profit Sharing $491.32 - $8,500
Commission $151.01 - $9,787
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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$25,451 - $58,067
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 90
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.90 - $25.45
Hourly Tips $0.44
Overtime $17.54 - $38.01
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $213.65 - $4,861
Commission $151.01 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $491.32 - $8,500
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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$25,451 - $58,067
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,636

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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

  • Repair and rebuild complex commercial HVAC and environmental systems, touring and inspecting regularly.
  • Keep all HVAC and mechanical rooms clean, orderly, and organized.
  • Calibrate thermostats and ensure appropriate temperatures are maintained.
  • Oversee outside contractors and HVAC technicians to ensure timely service and performance.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Installer


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Many HVAC Installers move into HVAC Service Technician roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $44K per year.

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For HVAC Installers, comfortable salaries can be found at One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating; in fact, median earnings sit around $47K, the highest in the area.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Installer

Pay by Experience for an HVAC Installer has a positive trend. An entry-level HVAC Installer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 923 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An HVAC Installer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 401 salaries. An experienced HVAC Installer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 409 salaries. An HVAC Installer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 158 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,298

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for HVAC Installers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. HVAC Installers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+20 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), and Omaha (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is New York, which sits 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (12 percent lower) and Louisville (9 percent lower).

HVAC Installer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a HVAC Installer?

HVAC Installer in Granby:
"Good work, bad relationship."
Pros: I like the work that the job entails.
Cons: The people training me seem to lack leadership and are disgruntled. Not moving up as expected. And no benefits.

HVAC Installer in Maryland:
"Love what I do but its hard on the body."
Pros: I like the challenge of making everything come together and look nice and knowing I contributed to helping a family stay cool and warm for years to come.
Cons: I dont like that the workers input doesnt mean anything for real change. Upper management dont really listen. The pay isnt worth how much you have to do and put up with.

HVAC Installer in Buford:
Pros: My Co workers.
Cons: Heat. Unpredictable schedule.

HVAC Installer in Logansport:
"The Work."
Pros: Not having to do alot of real work but act like we know what we're doing, since its just a business front for other things.
Cons: Nothing it's a job that gets me away from home since I'm currently on house arrest for manufacturing methaphetamine with my cousin who works with me.

HVAC Installer in Columbia:
Pros: Working with my hands and mind together.
Cons: No benefits. Glorified babysitter.

HVAC Installer in Taylor:
"It's not all bad."
Pros: I enjoy working with my hands, and making people's homes more comfortable and safe.
Cons: The stress is very tough to deal with, feels as though I'm always on a time crunch.

HVAC Installer in Tennessee:
"My job."
Pros: Close to home.
Cons: About everything. Low pay no respect.

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Key Stats for HVAC Installer

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects HVAC Installer Salaries

▲33%

▲24%

▲9%

National Average
$37,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect HVAC Installer Salaries

▲8%


▲7%

Leadership
▲7%

ELECTRICAL
▲7%

Pipe Welding
▲7%



HVAC Installation
▲4%


National Average
$37,000

▼3%


▼7%

Sheet metal
▼11%

Team Leadership
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 46%
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