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HVAC Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.37 per hour. Overall incomes of HVAC Technicians — including $2K bonuses, $10K profit sharing proceeds, and $10K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $26K and $65K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and slightly less than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,392 - $68,090
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$68K
MEDIAN: $42,922
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$12.08 - $27.77
(Median)
$12
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,392 - $68,090  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,696  
Commission
$498.89 - $10,213  
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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$26,285 - $64,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $27.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.85  
Overtime
$18.16 - $42.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
   
Commission
$498.89 - $10,213  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,696  
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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$26,285 - $64,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,909

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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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At the upper end, HVAC Technicians who move into a HVAC Service Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for HVAC Service Managers is a much higher $64K per year. As HVAC Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become HVAC Mechanics. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $44K per year. Another common career choice for HVAC Technicians is to move into a HVAC Installation Technician role. Typically, HVAC Installation Technicians get paid $37K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


Survey results imply that HVAC Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. 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.


HVAC Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for HVAC Technicians that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. HVAC Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Phoenix (+20 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), and Denver (+17 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 326 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 28%
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