HVAC Installer Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of HVAC Installers in the in the United States, bringing in about $16.44 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.49 per hour on the low end to $25.62 on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although more than half have medical coverage and around one third have dental coverage, 39 percent claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Installers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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 do not experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder. Oftentimes, an upper-level role like Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanic will not bring in more money than some 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $31K, which grows to $39K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $44K after one to two decades. HVAC Installers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Indianapolis
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National Average
$37,000
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Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, HVAC Installers in Indianapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Omaha. Employers in Dallas and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-11 percent and -8 percent, 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
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Experienced
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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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