An HVAC Service Technician earns an average wage of $20.13 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Controls and Commercial.

$29,875 - $73,824
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MEDIAN: $48,936
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$13.88 - $29.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,875 - $73,824  
   
Bonus
$300.20 - $5,230  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $10,000  
Commission
$503 - $11,892  
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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$30,255 - $70,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 645
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $29.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $2.53  
Overtime
$20.85 - $44.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$300.20 - $5,230  
   
Commission
$503 - $11,892  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $10,000  
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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$30,255 - $70,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,462
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Job Description for HVAC Service Technician

A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) service technician starts an appointment with a customer by asking about any problems with the heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning systems in the client's home or business. From there, the technician will carefully examine the equipment in question to diagnose and troubleshoot the problem. Once the issue is determined, the technician provides the customer with a repair quote and, if authorized, begins to repair or replace defective equipment, mechanical components, or wiring in HVAC systems. An HVAC service technician might also be called upon by a customer to carry out preventative maintenance tasks or inspections to ensure that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems continue to run smoothly. A technician should have certification or an associate's degree from a technical or trade school that is accredited by HVAC Excellence, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, or the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation. Formal training programs can last anywhere from six months up to two years. The job involves working with electrical equipment, so it is very important that a technician know exactly what he or she is doing or the job can get very dangerous very quickly. If an education is not in the picture, it is sometimes possible to go through a formal apprenticeship program which can take three to five years and mixes on-the-job experience and training with classroom instruction. Exams for certifications are offered by a number of associations. A license to work as an HVAC technician is required in several states and can be obtained by passing a written test.


HVAC Service Technician Tasks

  • Diagnose and troubleshoot problems with HVAC equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring on HVAC equipments.
  • Carry out preventative maintenance tasks and inspections on HVAC equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Service Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $46,060

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HVAC Service Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a HVAC Service Technician?

HVAC Service Technician in Buffalo:
"Great people, bad company."
Pros: Co workers are really easy to get along with and senior techs ready to answer questions. Hours are long but flexible. Allowed to use work van essentially as personal vehicle. Diverse work experience.
Cons: Pay too for health insurance. Weekly contribute almost 13% of gross income to health care for a plan with a $1000 deductible. Wife will be added on policy in 2017 and premium will go up to almost 20% Management coerces overtime from lowest paid employees and refuses overtime to higher paid employees. Management tries to blame their mistakes on employees. Little or no service training.

HVAC Service Technician in Pasadena:
"It is challenging and rewarding."
Pros: I am treated very well and will be the head of the service department.
Cons: I feel that I am worth more an hour and could do more work if there was more work provided.

HVAC Service Technician in Rutherfordton:
"Is this career worthwhile?"
Pros: Troubleshooting...making something work properly that was broken before. Meeting new people, and seeing new places. Working on a wide variety of equipment.
Cons: Dusy, moldy, muddy, trashy, bug infested Residential crawlspaces. Cramped, Blistering hot, insulation filled attics. People who don't want to pay their bill.

HVAC Service Technician in Minneapolis:
"Love it, learn new things every single day."
Pros: Being able to make the person happy by fixing what ever had broke down. Working with my hands and being able to get the job done.
Cons: Plumbing is something I did not think I would be doing.

HVAC Service Technician in Henderson:
Pros: Helping people feel more comfortable with the environment at home and gaining more proficiency in my skill!
Cons: Not being paid appropriately while being the main employee within my company and never getting the spiff sheets repeatedly promised.

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Experience Affects HVAC Service Technician Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Service Technician Salaries

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Systems Troubleshooting
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System Testing
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Customer Service
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HVAC System Design
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System Repair
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National Average
$46,000

Maintenance
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Heat
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Plumbing
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Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 621 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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