HVAC Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.78 per hour nationwide. In the world of HVAC Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $27K and $66K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,967 - $67,431
$28K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,054
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$12.53 - $29.15
$13
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MEDIAN: $18.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,967 - $67,431  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $4,112  
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $10,304  
Commission
$404.76 - $11,635  
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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$27,261 - $65,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 431
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.53 - $29.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $1.27  
Overtime
$18.56 - $44.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$300.00 - $4,112  
   
Commission
$404.76 - $11,635  
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $10,304  
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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$27,261 - $65,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,441
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Job Description for HVAC Technician

HVAC technicians work year-round, installing, repairing, and maintaining the machines that regulate temperature and ventilation in buildings. They work on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. They may be self-employed or work for a larger company that manage businesses or large residential properties.

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HVAC Technician Tasks

  • Respond to customer service needs, installing, repairing, checking, and testing systems for performance problems.
  • Document all activities, parts, equipment used, and travel in log book.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and part repairs according to schedule.
  • Instruct end users in appropriate use of HVAC and environmental systems.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Technician


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HVAC Technicians do not often transition into HVAC Service Manager roles. The role averages $65K per year. With an annual salary of $44K, HVAC Mechanic is the most common role for HVAC Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a HVAC Maintenance Technician role — which usually pays $39K — is also typical for HVAC Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


The Trane Company, Sears Holdings Corporation, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, Comfort Systems Usa Inc, and Air Comfort, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of HVAC Technicians. HVAC Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at ABM Industries, Inc., where the average salary comes to $62K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Trane Company, Mechanical Air Service, and One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, where HVAC Technicians typically earn around $58K, $51K, or $46K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Air Comfort, Inc. at $39K, Sears Holdings Corporation at $40K, and Comfort Systems Usa Inc at $44K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


Survey results imply that HVAC Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Customer Service, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Equipment Maintenance and Refrigeration. Most people familiar with Maintenance also know Troubleshooting and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Technician

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 Technicians. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,853

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

Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, HVAC Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. HVAC Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), Denver (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (8 percent less) and Austin (4 percent less).

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Key Stats for HVAC Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 363 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries

▲35%

▲26%

▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

▲13%

▲10%



Customer Service
▲7%


HVAC
▲5%


Plumbing
▲4%



Maintenance
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Residential
▼3%

Refrigeration
▼11%

Equipment Maintenance
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 363 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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