HVAC Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.24 per hour nationwide. Total incomes of HVAC Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $19K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $28K and $67K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by tenure and geographic location. Although one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. For the most part, HVAC Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,586 - $67,391
$29K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,390
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$12.89 - $29.50
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$0$67K
Salary $28,586 - $67,391
Bonus $206.45 - $4,943
Profit Sharing $81.70 - $19,392
Commission $403.37 - $11,899
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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$28,161 - $67,286
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 469
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $12.89 - $29.50
Hourly Tips $0.02 - $1.21
Overtime $19.39 - $44.60
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $206.45 - $4,943
Commission $403.37 - $11,899
Profit Sharing $81.70 - $19,392
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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$28,161 - $67,286
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,529

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, HVAC Technicians sometimes become HVAC Service Managers, where the average income is $65K per year. More often than not, a HVAC Mechanic role is the next step for HVAC Technicians moving up in the field. HVAC Mechanics usually make $44K per year. Many other HVAC Technicians choose to take on a HVAC Maintenance Technician role, where salaries are typically $39K.

HVAC Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


Many HVAC Technicians can be found at The Trane Company, Sears Holdings Corporation, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, Comfort Systems Usa Inc, and Air Comfort, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. For HVAC Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at ABM Industries, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $62K, the highest in the area. The Trane Company, Mechanical Air Service, and One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating also offer top salaries for HVAC Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $58K, $51K, and $46K, respectively.

Workers at Air Comfort, Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation, and Comfort Systems Usa Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $39K, $40K, and $44K respectively.

Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


HVAC Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Customer Service, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance, Refrigeration, and Residential. The majority of those who know Maintenance also know Troubleshooting and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Technician

Pay by Experience for an HVAC Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level HVAC Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,532 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An HVAC Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 773 salaries. An experienced HVAC Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 767 salaries. An HVAC Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 360 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,821

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for HVAC Technicians, 27 percent above the national average. HVAC Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+24 percent), Denver (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Atlanta and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

HVAC Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a HVAC Technician?

HVAC Technician in Providence:
"Technican."
Pros: Knowing you're getting 40 hours a week is nice.
Cons: Long hours, hot outside, bending over backwards on ladders to make things work, getting paid nothing to do it.

HVAC Technician in Frankfort:
"Fun, intriguing, constantly changing."
Pros: I like that it isnt monotonous. There is always something new or fun to do or figure out.
Cons: The hours can get pretty crazy with after-hours service calls.

HVAC Technician in Houston:
"Not for me."
Pros: Working with my hands and watching my work achieve something.
Cons: The responsibility and liability isn't worth it.

HVAC Technician in Rochester:
"N/A."
Pros: Work Flexibility Culture. Working conditions.
Cons: Slow groth in compensation.

HVAC Technician in Richmond:
Pros: What I like most about my job is that I can be me and it something that I really what to do.
Cons: There is no bad part about my job beside, it time consuming.

HVAC Technician in Salt Lake City:
"I like it a lot better than any other job Ive had."
Pros: The fact that it is a career, not just a job.
Cons: Working outside in the winter time.

HVAC Technician in Riyadh:
"Mechanical Maintenance Works."
Pros: HVAC work, AC installation, Split AC works.
Cons: Work delay.

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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 495 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries

▲32%

▲23%

▲6%

National Average
$43,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

▲10%

▲8%


Customer Service
▲5%



HVAC
▲3%

Plumbing
▲2%




National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
▼3%

Residential
▼5%

Refrigeration
▼13%

Equipment Maintenance
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 495 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
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 34%
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