HVAC Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.38 per hour. Overall compensation packages to HVAC Technicians range from $26K on the low end to $64K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $2K and profit sharing that approaches $10K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $10K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Most HVAC Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,183 - $65,534

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$12.14 - $27.77

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,183 - $65,534  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,956  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
Commission
$516 - $10,122  
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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$26,468 - $64,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $27.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.89  
Overtime
$18.31 - $41.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,956  
   
Commission
$516 - $10,122  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $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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$26,468 - $64,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,133
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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

  • Perform preventative maintenance and part repairs according to schedule.
  • Instruct end users in appropriate use of HVAC and environmental systems.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Technician


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For HVAC Technicians, progressing to a HVAC Service Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a HVAC Service Manager can earn $64K annually. More often than not, a HVAC Mechanic role is the next step for HVAC Technicians moving up in the field. HVAC Mechanics usually make $43K per year. Many other HVAC Technicians choose to take on a HVAC Maintenance Technician role, where salaries are typically $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


The biggest paychecks can be found at The Trane Company — the median salary there is $43K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $28K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $76K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


HVAC Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and HVAC System Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance. It is often found that people who know System Repair are also skilled in Maintenance and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Technician

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


HVAC Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. HVAC Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. HVAC Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


HVAC Technicians will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 49 percent. HVAC Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+30 percent), Denver (+28 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Phoenix (+19 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Austin (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

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Troubleshooting
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HVAC System Design
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System Repair
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Technical Services
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Maintenance
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National Average
$41,000

Equipment Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 329 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 29%
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