HVAC Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.62 per hour nationwide. The range in cash compensation to HVAC Technicians (largely between $27K and $65K) includes potential earnings of $2K from bonuses, $10K from profit sharing, and commissions of $10K in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the particular city and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most HVAC Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,264 - $67,128
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,266
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$12.29 - $28.28
(Median)
$12
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,264 - $67,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $9,967  
Commission
$625 - $10,084  
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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$27,058 - $65,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $28.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.97  
Overtime
$18.24 - $42.36  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
   
Commission
$625 - $10,084  
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $9,967  
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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$27,058 - $65,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,566
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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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HVAC Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like HVAC Service Manager, where median compensation is $64K annually. The most common promotion for HVAC Technicians is HVAC Mechanic, a position that typically pays $44K annually. Another standard transition for HVAC Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a HVAC Maintenance Technician role, where pay is often $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


HVAC Technicians flock to The Trane Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $45K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Trane Company also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $27K at one end to $82K at the other end.

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, Systems Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance and Refrigeration. For most people, competency in System Repair indicates knowledge of 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. HVAC Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $41,429

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

Home to some of the best pay for HVAC Technicians, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. HVAC Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Denver (+25 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Phoenix (+18 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Employers in Austin and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 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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Systems Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Technical Services
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Maintenance
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$41,000

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Refrigeration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 392 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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